The Chocolate War Should Not Be Banned Essay

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What if I told you that you couldn’t read your favorite book just because it was considered “inappropriate”? I believe that The Chocolate War should not be banned anywhere and all middle schoolers should be free to read it. I think so because middle schoolers are old enough to read it, it was written to be read by others so it shouldn’t be kept from people, and kids can learn valuable life lessons from it.

First of all, middle schoolers are definitely old enough to read The Chocolate War because it is meant for that age, they know not to repeat any of the language, and they can handle all the mature content. Some may say that the language in the book will influence kids to say bad words or make them think it is okay for middle schoolers to use swears in their everyday vocabulary. But, like I said before, they are old enough to know not to repeat any bad things that they read in the book. And, most middle schoolers already swear all the time anyway. According to fromthemixedupfiles.com,
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Censors may say that it only teaches kids bad things and will give them the wrong idea. However, the “bad things” in the book can be used as examples of what not to do, so it turns into a good lesson for middle schoolers. And, the story has a good moral so no one should keep that from middle schoolers. According to Allison McDonald on scholastic.com, “Censorship is not protecting your children; rather, it's merely a way to avoid lessons you could be teaching them no matter what your beliefs may be. Instead, read these books with your kids and explain why you agree or disagree with the content. Teach your children both sides, explain why some people are unhappy with the book, and discuss why you are (or not) in agreement with it. Use these books as tools to teach and cement the lessons you feel are important for your
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