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Prelinger Archives. Freedom to Learn

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  • When, due to the well-meaning fears of parents, a high school social studies teacher is charged with teaching communism, she explains why she teaches about communism and why she believes it important that students know the facts about subjects they discuss in current event.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 13, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Going to Meeting (1:58) -- Fear of Communism (2:11) -- School Board Meeting (1:30) -- Principal Defends Teacher (0:50) -- Teaching About Communism (1:26) -- Defense of Controversial Ideas (3:16) -- Controversial Topics in Schools (1:55) -- Education, Not Indoctrination (1:14) -- Approach to Teaching About Communism (3:00) -- Teaching Comparative Systems (1:41) -- Defense of Academic Freedom (3:03) -- Standing for Educational Ideals (3:40) -- Credits: Freedom to Learn (0:28)
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