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Though the First Amendment bars government authorities from prohibiting the free exercise, abridging the freedom of speech or practicing religious censorship in the United States, individuals have successfully pushed to remove books from public and ... ... middle of paper ... ...hat some readers might find offensive. I believe that certainly some of this information is age appropriate and by withholding vital information from students, they are becoming naïve to real world situations. References Allen, J. (1999). Article.
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?
Confucius says “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance” (Yarbrough, 2012). The First Amendment protects our rights of free speech, but people do not respect that and challenge it. Book banning violates academic freedom and diversity of thought, but some think it is wrong for children to learn about sex, and slavery. While book banning discourages creativeness and critical thinking, libraries have the right to remove a book if it is put on the banned list. So think about how you feel about books and what they mean to you.
Furthermore, many important American classics are being banned, often for minor reasons such as profanity. Why is it that we ban books that teach valuable lessons? Is it because censors are simply trying to protect children from inappropriate content? Or are governments trying to suppress unwanted ideas? Books should not be banned because book censorship is unnecessary, limits knowledge, and violates the fundamental principles of this country.
Because banning and challenging books violates American citizens’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech, school personnel, parents, and government leaders should respect the integrity of original works of literature and stay away from banning books. Censorship can be made impossible and unsparingly done, but when it takes place, it is harmful (Kelly). Books usually are challenged to protect others, usually children, from certain ideas and information. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. “Do we remove Macbeth because of murders and witches?
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.
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.
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