The biggest problem school libraries seem to face is where to draw the line on book content. But school libraries must understand that allowing book banning, they are taking away the opportunity for all students to read , instead of letting the parents decide what their child should be reading. Finlo Rohrer, BBC News Washington, explains that “In the US more and more parents are pressing schools to withdraw books with bad language or sexual content.” Parents that are uncomfortable with books in school libraries have made the effort to completely remove them from the library altogether. But when parents press to remove books that they might find unacceptable, they are actually deciding for the rest of the students as well. Mike Rose argues that “One disturbing aspect if censorship is its power to deny students in one class or an entire school system the right to read particular texts” (Agee, 61). Parents have every right to watch what their child reads and
This doesn’t children to develop their own censorship skills and the ability to think about what they should and shouldn’t do. It also ruins the opportunity for the parents to teach their kids about censorship themselves.By banning books, you are taking away somebodies escape. Some people don’t have the best home life so they read to get away from the struggles for awhile. This can apply to school and work too. If someone doesn’t have friends at school or is having a rough day at work, they can just dive right into a book and become part of something much bigger. Literature is also a form of art. It’s the way that authors express themselves and taking that opportunity away is like taking you ability to speak away. “Throughout history, nations, peoples and governments have censored writers and their works on political, religious, sexual and social grounds. Although the literary merit of the majority of these books have been proven time and time again, censorship efforts are still in place
The act of book banning could prove beneficial to the society because it could keep the students and youth of our culture away from books with a bad influence or things that would not help them in any way, shape, or form. “If a book is deemed offensive, some may argued, that it is promoting ideas which can have a detrimental influence on individuals (often children) and on society as a whole” (Aliprandini, Sprague 2016). This quote proves that those who believe that book banning is a good idea have valid reasons to believe so. Although books should not be banned, there is solid evidence that proves otherwise.
It is understood why somebody may think that books should not be banned at schools because by doing this parents are hurting their children by restrain their knowledge. When a quality book is banned, the children lose the opportunity to learn from that book. It is better supported that, some books should be banned from schools because they can introduce students to unacceptable topics and teach them bad or useless
Book censorship and bans only primes to conformity and thus limiting the variety and range of expression as well as inquiry on which the philosophy depends. Banning and censoring reading materials is capable of limiting the technological innovations, research as well as creativity. It is hence the responsibility of the democracy to avail a diversity of views whether popular or unpopular and else should not coerce the opinions and ideas of some while inhibiting the exertions of others (Memphis, 1). Rather than banning books content, publishers should rather give complete connotation to the liberty of reading by providing books capable of enriching the diversity as well as the quality of knowledge. Reading liberation is of diminutive consequence not unless the reader obtains materials suiting their purposes.
Through censoring books, schools make the messages of books unclear, concealing vital parts of stories and society as a whole; additionally, censorship sometimes even endangers students by failing to provide them with important knowledge. A lack of significant information in any situation restricts
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Banning books seems like a great idea, but in reality people are going to read, and do, whatever they want to. A lot of books have explicit language, violence, and sexual content. Most kids know about all of those things, even though they shouldn’t know about those things. Banning them from reading a book that includes those explicit things, at school, doesn’t mean they won’t go and read it at home, or at a friends house. Schools, and public libraries, have been trying to ban certain books with, what they see as, inappropriate content for many years now. Everyone has a different opinion on what is appropriate and what is not. Kids going to public schools are going to hear, and learn, explicit language, see violence, and probably even see people doing sexual things, or at least hear about it. Authors are going to write about whatever they want, it is their right to express how they are feeling, or what they are thinking. The Bible was also on the banned book list, and most people would argue that anyone who is reading The Bible is a Christian. It shouldn’t matter what content is in The Bible, if that’s not your religion you have no sense reading that book. Banning books is not going to keep kids from learning things, that in reality, they shouldn’t be learning. Banning books, in the end, is really hurting the author more than anyone.
The history of the world has undoubtedly been dominated by an endless struggle for power. However, after a brief glimpse into the pages of history it should not take long to realize that the trick to maintaining power lies in the control of information. Even the most fearsome military generals of the past acknowledge the power of the mind and ideas over lethal force. Former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin once said “… [Ideas] are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, then why should we let them have ideas.” Stalin’s quote personifies the main concept of this literature review which will be discussing the history of government censorship and its effects that are
Students need to learn the history behind the books they might read in the future. If some of these books get banned from public schools the students will not have the opportunity to learn the history behind the books, because of one little inappropriate thing in a certain part of the book. On the 4th page of the
For example, students and colleagues are able to learn the principles of manners such as kindness and politeness through the characters they’re reading about. They are also able to learn about political views, historical events, world religions, LGBTQ community, racism, and sexism. This is fundamental in order to accept the people around the world, and to be prepared for what comes next. According to time.com many parents believe that they are educating their students to make the right choices by censoring books, but instead they are denying them the access to the materials they need. Books give the ability to expand the mindset of any person so that they are prepared and educated for the
“Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance”. – Laurie Henderson. By banning books, it can deprive children the information or the mental nourishment they will need for life.
banned and censored books are not bad and author’s work matters because it can contain information that might help people in a situation where they can’t talk to anybody. Opponents claim is that Books contain graphic content.
There are various reasons as to why censorship is used. They include: security purposes, prevent hate speech, to protect vulnerable communities and also to counter unethical religious and political views. Censorship is currently being used for both political and social purposes. Most of these reasons for censorship are not absolute because they hinder people’s freedom of expression and speech. This confirms my argument that censorship is bad in the modern world. Despite some aspects considering censorship to be good, there are several aspects that promote my argument that censorship is bad thus its advantageous nature.
For as long as information has been produced, people have sought to control and attempt to eradicate it. “Books will not stay banned. They will not burn. Ideas