The Importance Of Censorship

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According to the American Library Association (ALA), more than 456 books have been banned since 2013. These books were banned from schools and public libraries for reasons such as religious viewpoints, suicide, sexism, smoking, and homosexuality. Censorship is humanity's way of restraining the viewpoints of others. It is the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, or even news that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security. Some may argue that censorship is necessary because children and young adults should not be exposed to certain topics. Despite what they say and no matter your age, you can always take something educational away from a book. Books should not be censored because it hinders the growth and freedom of our society. There are many obvious reasons why censorship is a negative action, but there are a few points that need more attention. Books are some of our best teachers, aside from teachers in schools. These school teachers are trained not only to teach you about the quadratic formula or how to write a rebuttal paragraph, but also to prepare you for life outside of school. They continuously assign students to read books such as The Scarlet Letter and To Kill A Mockingbird because these books teach important life lessons (such as vocabulary, coping skills, and open mindedness) that cannot be easily taught in any other way. They address issues that are often avoided, yet valuable. These same books are banned in

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