Every September in the United States we have Banned Books week, this is a week for national awareness towards censorship and banned or challenged books. Since 1982, more than 11,000 books have been challenged from the classics we all grew up reading and loving like The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin, Catcher and the Rye and ironically enough, Fahrenheit 451; to more recent books like Twilight and The Hunger Games. Books are challenged for a number of reasons including racial issues, sexual situations, profanity, religious differences or controversial matters like abortion and the list could go on forever.
Throughout this week, many schools, libraries, bookstores and blogs will do events to promote our First Amendment and the strength literature can bring to people. So make sure you check out your local area to see if anything is going on that you can attend this week.
Where do you stand? Do you believe that schools have a right to keep their students from reading certain things?
I can see how that’s a hard subject. We all want to protect our children and not expose them to the real world too early. But as children, that’s also how we grow up: we read, we learn, we develop who we are with our own unique personalities. So when you take away books due to not agreeing with something that’s in them, aren’t you basically telling them what to think without giving them a chance to make up their own minds and form their own opinions on a subject? How can we encourage problem solving minds like that?
Well, that’s just a little tidbit from me... What are your opinions on the subject?