The School Library Versus The Book Banning Trend Of The 1980s

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“The School Library versus the School Board: An Exploration of the Book Banning Trend of the 1980s,” written by Amy Pelman and Beverly Lynch recounts various cases involving public schools desires to ban specific novels. Several lawsuits, varying from Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico to Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District are presented in this article. All of the cases address school board discretion, student First Amendment rights, the right to receive information and ideas, and the selection likewise removal of books in school libraries. Overall, the act of obscuring novels from schools or developing societies is simply unconstitutional. Furthermore, The United States Supreme Court ruled against the Island …show more content…

Novels flourish a persons imagination and present advances in their independent knowledge. Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 displays a society deprived of novels, leading Montag to the realization of affects novels have on people. Montag fought for what he believed in, the right to read and learn from numerous novels, containing various topics ranging from innocent child books to vulgarity stricken novels. “The School Library versus the School Board: An Exploration of the Book Banning Trend of the 1980s” contains several arguments Montag would agree with, such as, “Even when a book contains language that is not appropriate for everyday use or describes unsavory ideas or feelings, the ability of the book to have a positive impact on the reader or provoke discussion or awareness is not necessarily diminished.” This quote symbolizes the positive viewpoints an “objectable book” most definitely possesses. Novels are filled with lessons vital to a developing brain, due to their ability to teach caution and create experiences. In summation, the fallacious act of banning books from students and others willing to learn is utterly

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