Why is To Kill a Mockingbird banned? Many people have come to realize that the award winning To Kill a Mockingbird was banned and challenged countless times. Although there are several offensive scenes in the book, very many people are outraged that their child cannot read this award winning novel. The question is, why is this novel banned? By examining the profanity, racial content, and references to rape, it’s deemed inappropriate for teens to read and is banned from several school libraries and lessons in school.
To Kill a Mockingbird should still be taught in school systems, and should not be a banned book because the novel focuses on a part of history that should not be ignored. Just because history is harsh and not always the most pleasant thing to learn about, does not mean that we can ignore it. Kenya Down with PBS said, “Being uncomfortable with history is not means to change it; people need to figure out how to confront issues.” Down also mentioned how Lee’s book is one of the most banned books
Some people believe books should not be banned in schools/libraries but just because you do not like it does not mean it should be taken away, that is the authors freedom of speech. Also, some say that you should not be exposing bad behavior or language to students but in reality they hear and see these things everyday, and by banning a book, that is not protecting them. Writers have the freedom to write whatever they want and that is a part of the First Amendment, so why banned their book? “The First Amendment allows individuals to speak, publish, read and view what they wish, worship (or not worship) as they wish, associate with
The principal gave the students suspension without holding a hearing, it was okay because Ohio law did not make it required to do so.But they were also later expelled without a right to have due process. The federal courts believed that the students rights were being violated.The District Court held Central High School accountable for its violation of the 14th Amendment, it stated that
Brian Wilson and Laura Finley discuss how they believe instead keeping violence out of schools the laws “prevent student learning” (Wilson and Finley). Regarding the purpose of the policies, Wilson and Finley state, “zero-tolerance policies are, in effect, a means of channeling young people into the juvenile justice system.” Some of the policies have nothing to do with the safety of the school such as being a distraction, and disobeying dress code. These types of infractions allows minority students to spend less time in school and more time home; time home allows students to find trouble in gangs and crime. Instead of sending students home for a dress code infraction, administrators could simply have clothing available for students who have these infractions. Russel Skiba states, “the use, and especially the overuse, of disciplinary removal carries with it and inherent risk of racial bias” (4).Advocates believe students who break zero-tolerance rules deserves their cruel punishment because no one made them disobey the rules but themselves.
Gator Town is located in the Learning Commons where there is a strict rule against eating in the Learning Commons. Many students wondered why Gator Town is located somewhere where you are not even allowed to eat. Other students just avoid Gator Town because they do not want to walk into the Learning Commons. A suggestion to improve this problem is to build another entrance door for Gator Town outside of the Learning Commons. This way, it will be faster and students would not have to walk into the Learning Commons.
To go along with this, the process of banning the junk food will be a problem itself. As the article would later state, “One major problem with a junk-food ban is it's not always clear which treats should be classified as ‘bad’ and which are okay for our kids to consume.” (Citation here). It is clear that an outright ban on sugary and fatty snacks in schools will only make the situation
7.I am surprised that because it is stated that it is illegal for anyone to teach a slave how to read and write, that Douglass can be such a capable reasoner as he created a speech filled with reasons of why slaves should not be treated the way they were treated at the time. He concludes that God did not “invent” slavery and the the American people, specifically the slave owners, should be ashamed for celebrating Independence Day. 8.In the slave narrative, I felt very sad that slave owners thought they could do whatever they want in order to make themselves happy. I thought of this someone who is spoiled and selfish would do. 9.I could not believe that a real human being would actually “get rid” of a child in front of the mother with no sympathy whatsoever.
The students not supporting the protest have the right to education, but that right can be infringed upon by the protests. Thus bringing the dilemma of whether school should protect freedom of speech or the right to education. In Morse v Frederick, a high school senior had a banner saying ‘Bongs Hit 4 Jesus’ during a school sanctioned event. He believed his freedom of speech should’ve protected him from any punishments thus landing him in the Supreme Court after indecision between district and state courts. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Morse because they deemed his speech as an advocacy for drug use (“Facts”).
School uniforms, school uniforms have been debated among the states with tons of studies that say they help with school issues and other studies that contradict school uniforms have no significant change. In order to save money schools shouldn’t be adding more costs to school, school should be cheaper, its fundamental to all kids to learn and not for the parents to be spending more money on school uniforms especially with families on a tight budget. The issue of school uniforms has been around 1969 ever since the US Supreme Court issued a law that kids could protest if it wasn’t disruptive. Bill Clinton also supported this because he didn’t want to see kids fight over expensive clothing. Over time, it has evolved into a debate whether they
They all simply seem to be arguing against the Drug Testing for the reason that it is just wrong, and unconstitutional. There is no information leading me to assume that the students had previous problems with drugs, and wanted to avoid the test. The parents must have also played a big part, upset with the whole Drug Testing Policy happening with their children at the school. Majority decision of the Court: The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision voted that the Drug Testing Policy was in fact, constitutional. The date for the decision was on June 27, 2002.
Frederick case where a student got punished just for holding up a sign saying “bong hits for jesus” in a school event. This would of have been perfectly fine if he was outside of school but since he was at school the court ruled in favor of Morse because the students do have freedom of speech but not to a point where they are promoting drug use in a school is allowed. Some say that the ruling was not fair because it violates the first amendment but another case had already set a precedent where students in school only have limited freedom of speech instead of the belief ultimate freedom of speech where you can say whatever you want with no
Hostility not Expression James Peter recently was suspended for refusing to remove a Confederate flag belt buckle to school. The student had refused to remove the belt after the principle told him he needed to remove it because it violated the school policy. The policy was developed a few years back because of racial tension in the district. The student is suing under the first amendment freedom of speech clause with emphasis that the buckle was an expression of his southern heritage and interest in the war and not slavery. According to the fourteenth amendment equal protection clause, case law, and the Turner test for the first amendment the school was well within its rains of authority to ban the flag.
The students at Saltillo are not allowed to use lockers, but should be; they are allowed to be exempt from exams, but should not be. This might seem like a good thing to many students, but it actually the opposite. When the students who make A’s and B’s in high school make it to college, they have no clue how to study for, or take an exam, because they never had to before. By not forcing students to take exams, Saltillo High School is failing to fully prepare their students for life outside of high school. The changes that should be made to the rule book at Saltillo High School are minor but they would definitely make the school function a lot better and allow the students leave the school ready for what is to come.
I agree with the case ruling that gun free school zone act exceeds congress ' authority.Although having a bunch of students caring a gun on school grounds isn 't a great idea I don 't necessarily believe that has anything to do with interstate commerce. There is no good reason for students to bring a loaded gun to school. However due to the amounts of shooting we 've had in public places leads me to believe that the government should get involved, obviously states can 't control this issue it themselves. It 's Simply too to get guns just look at the charleston shooting where nine people were killed inside a church, the FBI admitted that the shooter should 've never been cleared to buy a gun. How many more innocent lives need to be taken in