Free Great Gatsby Essays: Censorship In Schools

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"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it” (Twain). Book banning has occurred ever since books were created, beginning with secular and religious leaders censoring opposing ideas. Still relevant today, we discover that schools and public libraries are the new battleground for this issue. Book banning not only goes against people’s first amendment rights but it also attacks the freedom to learn and restricts teen’s exposure to real world issues. If a book cannot be read it may as well be not written at all. The freedom of press in America does not mean anything if people do not have the freedom to read. It is like being able to cook but no one is allowed to try your food. Libraries are bound by the Constitution to “promote free speech and diversity of opinion.” Yet, the counter argument is that the books that are banned have no substantial worth to readers anyway. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby…show more content…
Life is a lot more obscene than some content that is viewed as “inappropriate” in schools and prevents students from being exposed to what can happen in the real world. It is understandable that the worry of most parents is their children growing up too fast, but in this day and age, full of technology and access to so much information, it is inevitable that kids are growing up quicker than usual. Banning books with strong language or mature content does not stop students from being exposed to these things in their everyday lives. What do you think we see in the news? In contrast, there are people who do not condone book banning but believe in “drawing reasonable lines for our children’s sake.” Although they say this, many of these parents hold up the Bible as the only thing their children should be exposed to but choose to ignore the fact that it is riddled with sex, violence, betrayal, and

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