In the category of banning controversial books, holy books are also a major issue also talked about a lot. When it comes down to the freedom of press, holy books, like the bible or quran, are allowed to be displayed on school shelves. It is not stated, but it is implied. In 1975, several members of the school board from the Island Trees School District on Long Island, N.Y., acquired a list of books that parent in New York saw as “inappropriate”; the school board members attempted to “unofficially” remove the books and failed to do so due to the first amendment right. If school libraries want to ban books that are considered holy, it is technically unconstitutional.
“over 1500 books are challenged becuase of “explisit” sexcual content..” (“Banned and challenged books by the numbers”). (12 infographics about banned and challenged books). Books are one of the best sources for information Kids are missing out on the great quality of books that have/will be banned. “Parents who don 't like specific books can have their kids "opt out" of an assignment without infringing on the rights of others. The National Coalition against Censorship explained that "Even books or materials that many find 'objectionable ' may have educational value, and the decision about what to use in the classroom should be based on professional judgments and standards, not individual preferences."
Every child deserves a proper education. Banned books are depriving students of a well rounded, culturally aware, literary education because of the culture that is discarded, the history that is being withheld, and the education that young people could get through these banned books. The point of history is to learn from it and learn from others mistakes, but how can we do that if we are not allowed to learn it. As teachers shouldn’t you be teaching us how to make judgment calls like understanding that Mark Twain was a racist, but a man of his time and that doesn’t change him being an amazing writer. We cannot learn things such as that if we cannot even read most of Mark Twain’s books.
Banning books will get students, schools, and libraries off the hook. Students can learn a lot of inappropriate stuff through certain books. Public libraries could get a lot of complains if they do not ban certain books from their library. Schools can get in deep trouble if they do not ban certain books from their school Banning certain books is good for multiple reasons. Certain books should be banned because they could be inappropriate for students.“Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy” (Orwell 53).
A lot of people do not realize how powerful books can be. In 2013 over three hundred books were challenged and banned. One of the many reasons books are banned is because of the language used in the book, sexual content, homosexuality and many other reason; things that people do not think others should read or know about. “A book is a loaded gun in the house next door...Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?”
Over 50% of these novels were banned by parents wishing to shield their children from content they deemed inappropriate. However, according to the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, parents only have
Censorship of this manner has occurred for decades, but barely any books should be censored to the point where they are banned. Catch 22, a highly acclaimed American war novel by widely recognized author, Joseph Heller, has come under controversy multiple times due to sensitive concepts displayed throughout the book. These concepts mirror the real world in ways that people do not want to admit are true. The novel was banned in school districts in Strongsville, Ohio and in Dallas, Texas mainly as a result of indecent language and descriptive sexual scenes among other things. Although some young readers may be able to understand the content of Catch 22, the novel should only be included in higher levels of a high school English curriculum due to the sensitive nature of the immoral conduct presented.
In my attempt to answer my research question, “Why are books banned?”, I have used three main sources to conduct my research on this topic, two online articles, and one book. From my two online articles, “10 Reasons for Banning Books, and 5 Much Better Reasons Not To” and “Banned Books: Reasons for Banning Books”, I have learned that books are most commonly banned because of religious views, political views, sexual dialog, racial themes, violence, and profanity. In the article “10 Reasons for Banning Books, and 5 Much Better Reasons Not To” Jamie Leigh writes: “Notice that not a single one of them referred to “statistics” or “research”. This highlights the fact that people are merely banning these books because they are offended by the content
It is unsuited for school age group. Besides, this book uses offensive words such as fuck, asshole, nigger and pussy etc. For example, in the book Arnold admits about masturbation “If there were a Professional Masturbator League, I’d get drafted number one and make millions of dollars” (Alexie 26). For this reason, the book is not appropriate for middle schools. For children, they are not capable enough to absorb these kinds of information from the book.
Students are often deprived of education by the school itself. “How?” you might ask. With book banning, of course. Book banning is the act of removing books from a school or a library because of “controversial” content. Book banning is wrong for three reasons.
Some people are not as extreme with their ideas about the novel but some do believe it has no right to be taught it in classroom. For example, “University of Pittsburgh English Professor Jonathan Arac, author of “Huckleberry Finn as Idol and Target: The Function of Criticism in out Time,” agrees that the book should be removed from required reading lists. Unlike the NAACP, Arac doesn’t think it should be removed from the curriculum entirely.” Now in this case, it isn’t as bad as wanting the book to be out of the school, out of the town, out of the state, or wanting the book to be banned overall. It shows that he sees something wrong with the novel and doesn’t want students being required to read it. However the issue that people are finding with the novel is exclusively from not understanding the fantastic novel.