It is a parent’s duty to protect their child, but is it a parent’s duty to prevent another child from reading a book their own parent has no issue with? When parents, teachers, principals, etc. take away books from public schools, they ... ... middle of paper ... ...ime to face the facts and realize that by taking away books from the youth of today, it is really preventing open-mindedness in generations to come. No one should have the right to ban age-appropriate reading material and risk prohibiting the learning and growth of a student. Works Cited "About Banned & Challenged Books."
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The people who ban and censor books think that they are protecting the readers from the information, but it is secluding the readers from getting more ideas. This creates a negative impact on the readers, especially high school students. People don’t realize that book censorship limits the way they view the world. Many books have been banned in American high schools because of political, religious, sexual, and social reasons. 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.
Therefore, it should not be censored because other Americans believe her book is inappropriate (Olsen 2). Chris Crutcher, who is a banned book author, said, “We don’t believe that everything in print is worthy, but we don’t thin... ... middle of paper ... ...oexist in a united country. Works Cited “Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”.” SIRS Renaissance. 20 May 2005: n.p. SIRS Renaissance.
Censorship Should NOT be Placed on Books "Censorship... a system under which official censors must give permission before communications of a specified type can lawfully be made" (Wilgoren, 1). Recently censorship has become a major problem in our society. Censorship should not be banned on books. People should not be told they cannot read a book. Unfortunately history has shown that words can be used for ill as well as for good, to destroy lives as well as to enhance them?
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. Against the censorship of books in schools, Fenice Boyd and Nancy Bailey, authors of Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, believe that banning books creates a barrier between students and intellectual development (Boyd and Bailey, 655). Banning books from schools and removing them from the curriculum prevents students from exploring different ideas and developing creativity and critical thinking skills. In order to understand how banning books in schools affect student learning, it is important to understand why books are banned in the first place. If parents describe a book as inappropriate or offensive for children, they can complain about it to the school district to have it banned.
I feel that these days in society there is not much you can hide from today’s youth mainly due to the internet. I believe that there should not be censorship amongst books and they especially should not be banned because society has progressively gotten worse. With the things kids do and see in their everyday lives a book will be their last influence on doing or thinking something bad. Censorship amongst books is absurd in this day and age because the youth has the internet to surf, so banning books is pointless. There is a high number of books that are banned including Cather in the Rye, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Another reason why banning books is not necessary is because it goes against the Constitution of the United States of America. The First Amendment protects, “the students’ right to know and the teachers’ right to academic freedom.” Censors seem to have zero respect for the rights of students and teachers. They all just set bad examples by contesting the rights from the First Amendment (Shupe). Pat Scales a South Carolina librarian quoted, “Censors want to control the minds of the young. Students who read learn to think.
School boards and teachers have a responsibility for protecting the minds of their students and covering age appropriate material. However, does this responsibility cover the extreme act of banning books from school classrooms? Does not the teacher have a duty to introduce to their students world issues in order to better the students ability to cope with problems in the world? How does a school decide which books should be banned from the classroom, and should it be left up to the teacher to decide what is decided in his/her classroom. By banning books from the classroom, we prevent our students from learning about controversial topics in a safe environment, and we also encroach upon the student’s freedom of reading what they want in school.