Essay On Book Banning In Schools

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Everyone wants the best for their children. No one wants their sweet child to take part in drugs, crime, violence, profanity, and racism, so these behaviors should definitely not be encouraged. However, it is naive to hide the existence of these behaviors. Children should be able to engage in critical thinking. But, the Americans people should have a say in what children are exposed to. In order to allow school boards to ban books from schools, the Supreme Court must first undergo judicial review of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the American people must vote on whether they will allow book banning in public schools. Only 46% percent of people today in America are in favor of banning “books with dangerous ideas” from public school libraries (Source C). This number has been continuously decreasing since 1999. No longer do a majority of Americans support this. However, this result stems…show more content…
Private and religious schools operate somewhat differently. The public has less say, and the state government cannot tell a school such as the private Christian school, Republic School, to not ban books. The school board should still think over the arguments for banning books and their flaws. One argument is that “It is difficult to understand how a school board and administration that claims to be Christian… expose children to such immoral and vulgar material” (Source A). This person argues that certain books go against Christian values, so it should be banned, along with any similar book. The Bible, the best known Christian book, speaks of slavery, polygamy, sexism, and murder. It could be said that those are also Christian values. Children in Christian schools are exposed to that, so why shouldn’t they learn about/be exposed to other wrong behaviors, to at least think critically of them? Christian school boards should think this over before deciding to proceed further with book
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