Kerby explains just how powerful the need to censor is with a riveting comparison between two things humans crave. It is a sad world in which we live if the need for knowledge is suppressed by the need to control others. Students in particular are targeted by this for the unfortunate fact that they do not have age on their side. No person should be allowed to prohibit the learning and growth of a student by banning age-appropriate reading material. When most people think about book censorship, they think of concerned parents wanting inappropriate books out of their children’s reach for obvious reasons.
The practice of the censorship of books in schools has been prevalent due to the explicit content of them. Parents have been complaining to schools about books that count as required reading because they disapprove with the points made in the book. If a book consists of offensive or sexually explicit material, then parents would challenge the schools about them in order to prevent their children from reading them. Censorship in general has been an intensely debated issue because it is considered an infringement to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution while others argue it is used to conceal inappropriate things (Aliprandini and Sprague). The banning of books in school curriculum has also been debated since parents see certain books as inappropriate while others argue that banning them hinders student learning.
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The censorship should not be as strict as it is because many great books are being banned that students should be reading in order to gain an understanding on who some great writers were. Some of the banned books should be reconsidered on whether they should be censored or not. First of all, what exactly is censorship and what are some reasons to ban a book? The censorship of books deals with removing them from school or local libraries because they contain things like vulgar language, sexual references, drug use, or extremely violent details. These are the same reasons a book can and will be banned from a library.
Someday those fictional books could become history books. Every great government has its downfall, and censorship could be the cause of it. For instance, a form of censorship that is happening right now all over the country in many schools is the banning of certain books in school libraries/ classrooms. This could very well lead to something more major because people don't like the idea of having their rights taken away from them. Also because the government is controlling what kids can and cannot read.
Administrators should not have the right to ban books from school libraries. Banning books from libraries keeps students from their privileges of exploring new thoughts. Administrators should give alternative choices, so students still can explore new literature. Although some argue that administrators have the responsibility to protect their students from inappropriate material, they should not have the right to ban books from their school libraries because banning books is an affront to the first amendment and keeps students from gaining knowledge of the world around them. Nazis, communist governments, and extremist governments in the Middle East ban books from their citizens.
Negative racial treatment of characters, setting, or theme also fuels censorship (Simmons). Something else that must be mentioned in order to understand the evils of school censorship are facts censors ignore; the first being literary quality. When they chose to censor a book they do not take into account the educational value of the book. How can one say a book does not belong in schools if they do not know what lessons it teaches? The second key element ignored is the manner in which teachers lead students to interact with texts.
If young students that are not mature enough yet, they may not have the maturity level to handle that kind of information. Censorship needs to be enforced so that students in today’s society will not be influenced by what they are reading in school. There are some students and or parents that would take great offense to certain things that are being said or discussed about in books. In “Catcher In The Rye” profane language, such as “goddamn,” is used a tremendous amount of times. To certain people with certain religions or beliefs, would not agree with that and stop reading the book.
Young children are impressionable and these types of books may leave unpleasant thoughts and influence behaviors now as well as the futures of the children. The banning of books such as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and others as well, should only be banned up to eighth grade in school. On the other hand, some people may believe that books should never be banned in school. According to Oscar Wilde, the author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, stated that “The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame”(BuzzFeed).