“Banned from English classes at the Freeport High School in De Funiak Springs, Fla. (1985) because it is "unacceptable" and "obscene. "” (American library Association). There are just so many different cases of teachers getting fired, words needing to be censored, and parents complaining. Clearly, parents or adults do not like other reading The Catcher in the Rye. Here are more examples of parents and student arguing with the book.
Montag has a personal revolution; he realizes the dangers of restricting information and intellectual thought. Ironically, Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most banned books in American schools. The book was seen as evil for ideas like opposing the suppression of freedom by parties that presumed they had all the answers. Books such as Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Brave New World, The Giver, and The Hunger Games have been banned in schools, and they all explore the themes of suppressing freedom, information, and intellectual thinking. Prohibiting these books will only lead less thought; it will lead to the ultimate demise of society.
Whether it is implicit stereotypes, or explicit derogatory words, hate speech affects us no matter what skin color or gender we are. Some could argue that hate speech is just words, and should never be seen as the equivalent of assault, however people that have experienced it may tell a different tale. They may debate that hate speech is so emotionally and physically hurtful, that it is the verbal equivalent to spitting in someone’s face. As such, we may also use theoretical philosophical concepts such as deontology and consequentialism to attempt to solve this ethical topic. Although hate speech could be regarded as free speech, it infringes on an individuals rights, thus I will argue that it should be criminalized.
Banned books are basically books that are thought to be “unsuited” for their intended age group and are therefore challenged by parents to be removed from a school or any local library shelf. I personally do not agree with banning books. I believe that most books that are being banned
Why Catcher in the Rye Should be Banned Catcher in the Rye should not be included in the English department curriculum at North Quincy High. In Catcher in The Rye the main protagonist Holden Caulfield is portrayed as an emotionally unstable high school student who has been kicked out multiple schools for his behavior and poor grades. This book has already been banned in multiple schools for its use of inappropriate language, sexual implications, and Holden being an unfit model for adolescent readers, and for these reasons it should also be banned from our curriculum. Throughout Catcher in the Rye there were multiple instances in which inappropriate languages was used from various characters and Holden himself. Profanity was used from Goddamn to F*** ***.
Censorship is the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, that are considered obscene, politically acceptable, or a threat in security. Censorship is the control of the information and ideas circulated within a society. This action is caused whenever individuals succeed in imposing their political or moral values on others by suppressing words, images, or ideas that they find offensive. The use of censorship can be carried out by the government as well as private pressure groups. Censorship by the government is unconstitutional.
Censorship of books is common and a real problem. Censorship is another word for banning, the government/libraries/schools are keeping these books away from the public. Students should be able to read what they please, and they should not be stopped from doing
The school board believed the protest was potentially distracting and disruptive to the schools’ environments (Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District). When the Supreme Court received the suit, they deliberated two questions: “Were the armbands a form of symbolic speech protected by the First Amendment? And if so,
In the light of the above facts, the following arguments can be drawn. First of all, blasphemy laws or hate speech laws violate the basic fundamental right of every individual that is the right to freedom of expression along with right to equality which is another fundamental right of the people. These fundamental rights are protected by International Human rights instruments. A blasphemy law in practise prohibits the freedom of expression when it comes to the offering of criticism, asking of questions, making an expression of mockery or contempt or ridicule or sarcasm, in any way relating to any religion. A person was found guilty because his newspaper published James Kirkup’s poem “The Love that Dares to Speak its Name”, which supposedly
Further, it is also important to understand that censorship is not only an after effect of the act of expression. It should also be seen in the absence of the speech-act. It is a process which “encompasses all socially structured proscriptions or prescriptions which inhibit or prohibit dissemination of ideas, information, images, and other messages through a society 's channels of communication whether these obstructions are secured by political, economic, religious, or other systems of authority. It includes both overt and covert proscriptions and prescriptions.” (Beat Muller 227) In democracy which constitutionally enshrines freedom of speech, censorship constitutes paranoia wherein the authority both mandates free speech and later forfeits if it is found to be threatening. Foucault, in The Courage of Truth opines that parrhesia (truth- telling) which includes both the right to express one’s opinion, and the courage to go against the opinions of others is crucial
“By definition, zero tolerance refers to strict, uncompromising, automatic punishment to eliminate undesirable behavior” (50). Zero-tolerance in schools are taking away educational opportunities from students, which goes against the U.S. special education law of zero suspension. As adapted by the justice system punishments, zero-tolerance punishments are predetermined by the act which does not allow a student’s individual needs to be considered. Zero-tolerance in schools have been permitted because of the rise in crime and alarming attention from school shootings, which created the Gun Free Schools Act in 1994. “Before long, schools escalated the range of reasons for suspending and expelling students to include violation policies about alcohol, tobacco, drugs, fighting, insubordination, dress code, and ‘disruptive behavior’” (50).
Usually the main culprits of a banned book are religious parents who see this book as defying their beliefs, offensive, or are only suitable to a select age group. Many of these books are biographies, beloved children’s books and even some of these books have been and still are promoted and used in schools. One of these banned books is very popular in school although it’s an edited version rather than the original. The Dairy of Ann Frank, a parent in Michigan pushed this book to be banned due to the fact of the young girl questioning her anatomy, saying it’s pornographic and shouldn’t be suitable to young middle schoolers. One of the three most intriguing books that are widely known to be used in many primary and secondary
Still others outlaw general harassment and threats," without clarifying what constitutes such conduct.” What the writer means is that hate speech codes are categorized in many ways. Each of these categories restrict our freedom of speech, which is not what our founding fathers wanted for us. Hate speech codes are also allowed in some cases and are not allowed in others. Again the article Hate Speech codes states a valid point when it stated, “Court rulings have prohibited public (state-run) colleges and universities from enacting codes that restrict the constitutional right to free speech based on content. Private institutions, in contrast, are not subject to these decisions.
By banning books the school board is controlling how and/or what students think about a variety of subjects. As ruled in the Island Trees School District v. Pico Case, “’…students may not be regarded as closed-circuit recipients of only that which the State chooses to communicate’” (Mullally). School official “cannot suppress ‘expressions of feeling with which they do not wish to contend’” (Mullally). This means that the schools cannot remove a book simply because they disagree with something contained in it. Then how are books banned?
It is, in my opinion, completely ignorant to believe that students don’t see these types of banners elsewhere or that they have never been exposed to such announcements. It is absurd to think that with the displaying of the banner students would be influenced to immediately use drugs. I believe it was a violation of the first amendment, which states the freedom of speech. The incident occurred on a public sidewalk and was not disrupting the school system in any possible way. Unfortunately with a very shady response, the judge answered to the court case by stating that the, “compelling interest in prohibiting/punishing student speech that reasonably could be viewed as promoting illegal drug use” (United States Courts) was enough to “enforce the school board 's written policies at that time aimed at keeping illegal substances out of the school environment,” as said by Mr. Morse.