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Banning Books!!!Hey guy i jut wanted to ask for your opinon on bannding books do you...

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mia1098 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM via web

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Banning Books!!!

Hey guy i jut wanted to ask for your opinon on bannding books do you think bannding books is good or it is bad? Explain?

Thx just wanted to know your guys opinon

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:07 AM (Answer #2)

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I think that it is perfectly all right for parents to tell their children they do not want them to read a certain book at this time.  They know the child, and may find the language or content disturbing.  I do not think that libraries should ban books, but they can require parent permission to read them.

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wanderista | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:11 AM (Answer #3)

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No, books should be banned. They are, like art work or a musical piece, a form of human expression, that many other people enjoy reading. Books have given the world cultural understanding and diversity, and also have made many people laugh, cry, wonder and imagine. To take this away from people would destroy something special.

I also don't see how you could implement a ban. For those in favour of banning books, how do you suggest applying the ban?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:17 AM (Answer #4)

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No, books should be banned. They are, like art work or a musical piece, a form of human expression, that many other people enjoy reading. Books have given the world cultural understanding and diversity, and also have made many people laugh, cry, wonder and imagine. To take this away from people would destroy something special.

I also don't see how you could implement a ban. For those in favour of banning books, how do you suggest applying the ban?

It depends on what you mean by banning.  It's easy enough to ban books at a school.  You just have to tell the librarians not to buy the book or to remove it from the shelves.  Then you tell the teachers not to assign the book.  Once you've done that, the book is effectively banned at your school.

There is an obvious case to be made for banning some books from school libraries.  After all, you wouldn't want to have out-and-out pornography on your school shelves.  It would send the wrong message, to say the least.

But if we are talking about banning books that have literary value simply because they use words we don't like (Huck Finn) or because they have things like rape scenes (Kite Runner) then I would be very much opposed.

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dmcgillem | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:38 AM (Answer #5)

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We recently went through this at our school (I'm ashamed to say).  I teach in a community with a small but very powerful and vocal ultra-conservative church community.  We had books that were classified as GLTB fiction, meaning that one of the main characters identified as gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual.  Although the books contained no endorsement, on the contrary, they showed the torment that many have to endure on a day-to-day basis, it was argued that having such material was "promoting homosexuality" and might make a student "be gay."  A few of us spoke out vehemently against a removal and ban to no avail.  The books were banned, and we have been forbidden to even offer a recommendation to a student that they might be interested in checking at the public library.  Book bans are wrong.  Parents need to parent and not rely on the school to parent to the style and beliefs of the most conservative.  By offering a book, a person still has the option to read it or read something else, so no one's rights have been violated.  By banning a book, however, others no longer have that choice, so their right to HAVE a choice has been removed.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 12, 2012 at 6:51 AM (Answer #6)

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Banning books seems like an unnecessary step to take. The publication and mere existence of a book doesn't pose a danger to anyone. It's not like books are contagious. You have to actually read them to get at the content.

And even then it's debatable as to just how detrimental an idea, a plot, or a sentence might be to a person's well-being or mental health, etc.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM (Answer #7)

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Unfortunately, libraries have been at the center of cultural debates for a long time. I tend toward the civil libertarian position, and think that the onus is on parents to decide what media their kids can consume, not just books. Ultimately, parents ought to be discussing what their kids are reading with their kids, whether the book is controversial or not.

However, I suspect that many people defending books supporting a certain point of view might be less likely to support books which promote the opposite point of view. The people who objected to Barbara Ehrenreich's book on capitalism in modern America because it promoted a certain "biased" point of view about capitalism probably wouldn't object to a book by a conservative pundit that promoted the opposite. And vice versa.

Ultimately, I'm very troubled by people across the ideological spectrum who think they should be able to limit other people's access to ideas they don't agree with.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM (Answer #8)

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I don't like the idea of banning books, but some books should be restricted from the shelves of middle schools as well as high schools. Some books and magazines are not appropriate for display in a public school setting, though I don't believe any form of literature should be completely eliminated from being published.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted March 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM (Answer #9)

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Nothing should be banned.  Nothing ever is, since once something is forced underground it then allures the curious with the mystique bestowed upon it by its banishers, be it works of literature or other artistic creations. Certainly if someone's rights were violated by a work of art, there'd be cause for argument; no one would condone the underage reading porn.

If one person or group decides they don't want to read something for whatever reasons, so be it, as that is their right, but they have no right to restrict other's access.

Adults have the responsibility for the integrity of their children, and as adults, they can (and maybe should) restrict access as they see fit, but they had better have a good reason for doing so, because sooner or later, children grow up and start asking why.

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