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Censorship In School Libraries

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Censorship in School Libraries
The most debatable and controversial form of censorship today is the banning of books in school libraries. Banning books that educate students is wrong and selfish. Censorship of books in school libraries is neither uncommon nor an issue of the past. Books with artistic and cultural worth are still challenged constantly by those who want to control what others read. The roots of bigotry and illiteracy that fuel efforts to censor books and free expression are unacceptable and unconditional. Censoring school books in libraries can often lead to censorship of our basic freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment. In some cases, a minority ends up dictating the majority in censorship cases. To be told what is permissible reading material and what is not is a direct violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution.
The First Amendment of the Constitution is the most important and debatable of them all. The First Amendment states; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, of prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Freedom of expression is an inalienable human right and the foundation for self-government. Freedom of expression defines the freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly, association, and the corollary right to receive information. Human rights and intellectual independence; the two are inseparably linked. Freedom of opinion and determining what you want to read is not derived from or dependent on any form of government or political power. This right is inherent in every individual. The power of freedom cannot be yielded, nor can it be denied. True justice comes from the exercise of rights.
Students enjoy going to the library and being able to read what they want to read, without any indecision. As soon as a censor claims a book should be censored, the student’s hope of reading that book is diminished. Censorship, ignorance, and limitations on the free flow of information are the tools of dictatorship and oppression. The "tyrant" simply chooses to pull that book from the shelves of knowledge, and the students right of the First Amendment is violated (Appendix A).
Books like The Chocolate War, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Of Mice and Men have been placed on the controversial bookshelf of many school libraries.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the most debatable and controversial form of censorship today is the banning of books in school libraries.
  • Opines that the first amendment of the constitution is the most important and debatable of them all.
  • Explains that freedom of expression is an inalienable human right and the foundation for self-government. human rights and intellectual independence are inseparably linked.
  • Explains that the power of freedom cannot be yielded, nor can it be denied. true justice comes from the exercise of rights.
  • Opines that censorship, ignorance, and limitations on the free flow of information are the tools of dictatorship and oppression.
  • Explains that books like the chocolate war, i know why the caged bird sings, and of mice and men have been placed on the controversial bookshelf of many school libraries.
  • Opines that the children of today are in danger of being 'protected' from a lot of great literature.
  • Explains that homosexual books are a target for censorship in schools. a republican state legislator introduced 'no promo homo' bill that would make it felony for anyone to provide minors with books that show alternative lifestyles without their parents' consent.
  • Explains what he meant by "alternate lifestyles," although a parent testifying in favor of the bill said she was alarmed that books such as leslea newman's, heather has two mommies are available in school libraries.
  • Opines that school libraries are stations for information and ideas. books and other library materials should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all students in the school.
  • Opines that there is no rational excuse for a school library to ban books at the request of 'concerned' parents.
  • Explains that would-be banners act with what they consider to be the highest intents protecting themselves, their families, and communities from perceived oppressions and preserving values and ideals.
  • Explains that the censors are mostly parents and other community residents of all backgrounds, political and religious beliefs, who are concerned about the reading habits of today's children.
  • Opines that the most effective antidote to the poison of mindless orthodoxy is ready access to a broad sweep of ideas and philosophies.
  • Argues that the only logical reasoning to aid in what offends people is to completely eliminate the book from the library. it may help them examine other beliefs, attitudes, values, and traditions.
  • Opines that the right to choose what we read is one of our most cherished freedoms. restraints on literature set the stage for attacks on all expression that is artistic or politically controversial.
  • Analyzes how george orwell's classic 1984 painted a bleak picture of mind-controlled, book burning society in which creative thinking was forbidden.
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