Negative Analysis Of Paul Ringel's How Banning Books Affects Children

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From the very beginnings of literature, the act of banning books has long been a heated controversy. While almost everyone can say that there are definitely books that they do not want their children reading, the line between what is acceptable and what is not is much harder to define, especially in today’s world. In “How Banning Books Marginalizes Children” (2016), Paul Ringel argues that the current policy of banning books has had a negative impact on children because it has conveyed a message that rebuffs diversity and has contradicted the fact that the power to ban books should be used to “curate children’s choices with the goals of inspiring rather than obscuring new ideas.” Ringel employs specific evidence in order to secure his claim, including startling statistics that show the many books that have been unjustly banned, rhetorical questions that provoke an open mind toward the issue, and examples of books that have been banned despite serving a positive effect on their readers. In addition, he utilizes juxtaposition of books that have been unfairly banned with books that should be kept out of children’s hands but are not, and provides the benefits of changing the current policy which would “allow kids to learn how to navigate imaginary worlds filled with differences, with the faith that they will apply those lessons to their own lives.” Every piece of evidence Ringel proposes serves a distinct purpose in conveying his point of view, whether it be highlighting the

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