Nazis, communist governments, and extremist governments in the Middle East ban books from their citizens. As Americans we see this as an attempt to violate our First Amendment rights by giving the people little option on what they can legally read, and administrators banning books from students is no different. According to administrators, their responsibility is to keep their students from reading or viewing unsuitable material. John A. Miller gives his opinion in his article “Banning Books Is an Affront to the First Amendment” stating “I doubt that any teenager much above the age of 13 is unaware of the words and situations most frequently cited as that the evils in banned books” (Miller). Students already hear this violence or inappropriate language at home and even at school from other students.
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Ever since pen was first put to paper there has been some form of censorship surrounding it. The most current form of censorship is to ban the books which are viewed as inappropriate. Such an act not only violates the rights of American citizens, but it also violates the rights of the students to learn. Even if the government could manage to ban all of the books that it feels are inappropriate, the thirst to read such books would only grow. Too often is it forgotten that before the banning of books was an “at home issue,” (Book Banning 1) the federal government tried to cut the flow of inappropriate information off at the source By forbidding the reading of certain books, the first amendment rights of every American citizen are violated.
Book banners and parents should be more lenient in what the book expresses because it teaches readers, such as high school students, many lessons that will help them in life. Books are banned to protect the readers and to do so, some books are even banned because of the smallest detail it contains. The reasons why books are banned is “because of political, religious, sexual, and social reasons” (Karolides, Bald, and Sova vii). Also, people’s beliefs are a reason why some books are banned now. Some books may contradict and offend a person’s belief which causes a certain book to be banned or censored.
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A book represents an idea, thus limiting access to a book is banning the representation of an idea. The banning of books in American schools should not be allowed, because banning books will prevent students from learning the reason for the controversy and alternate viewpoints they can come to on their own. As the American Library Association notes, books are usually banned "with the best intention…to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information." (Brunner). If a book has frightening or controversial ideas in them, adults willing often censor that book from children.
before publication, and ban them if containing anything objectionable," censorship is just an old tradition of those in power with the attempt to keep decency and ignorance among the people. Much of the greatest literature in the world that actually provides important values for individuals are or have been banned. It is too bad that censorship has continued this far with society and still affects every part of the world. Even America, a name which rings freedom to many people in nations across the world, still holds this immoral tradition of banning literature from its citizens contradicting its free name. The United States of America's constitution should protect the "god given" freedoms of those governed under their democratic government.
A book is usually banned because it contains material that is deemed unfit for minors. Most parents and schools do n... ... middle of paper ... ...eir reading Overall, the advantages of book banning do not outweigh the disadvantages. However, there should be approved reading levels so that challenged books are not banned for everyone. One reason that books should not be censored, is because taking away the books takes away learning. When schools or school boards ban certain books, they are taking away a minor’s chance to learn grammar and vocabulary, among other things, from the writing and story.
Books should not be banned because book censorship is unnecessary, limits knowledge, and violates the fundamental principles of this country. Although some may say that certain books contain graphic/violent content, banning such books is not an effective method to prevent young children from being exposed to such content, and therefore is unnecessary. One person that harbors such beliefs is Christina Healey. In her article “Book Banning can be Justified in Some Cases,” she argues that in some cases, book banning is... ... middle of paper ... ... press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” When it comes to the issue of book banning, the First Amendment states that the government cannot make any laws that interfere with the freedom of the press. The Supreme Court has commonly upheld this right.