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Book Banning Is Bad For Students

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Should people be able to deny a student’s freedom to read any book they wish to in a school? Every time adults ban a book, kids lose the chance to gain knowledge from that work of literature. The students’ outlook on the world becomes narrower as they lose access to an insightful point of view. Book censors can only give unreasonable and unjustifiable motives for banning books to validate their cause. In the end, the actions of the people who ban books create many negative effects on students.
The history of book banning in schools began like an unnoticeable disease, which multiplied into a deadly cancer that affects nearly every public education system in the U.S. The number of book ...view middle of the document...

Anyone can easily predict the monstrous future school censorship will undoubtedly have.
Book banning limits student access to great works of literature. Many professors of literature regard William Shakespeare as the, “greatest English writer of all time;” yet, people have banned almost all of his plays (Campbell 1). One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway, believes, “Huck Finn is the best book we’ve had,” (Censorship 2). Making it a rule that students cannot read these books in class deny them access to the best English writer and the best book that one can read. How could a censor ever justify this? Censors attack the American classic Catcher in the Rye every year with no thoughts about the loss the students face (Bertin 21). As the main character, Holden Caulfield, matures into an adult, an adolescent reading his story will as well. Thanks to censors in school, many cannot. Students lose so much with every book that people ban
Book censorship in schools limits the education of students. The more difficult the book the more students want to read it under the guidance of a teacher (Bertin 21). If people ban difficult books students cannot receive the full knowledge of them because teacher cannot teach them. In addition, a banned book list decries what people should not say and study (Campbell 1) Students will consider the events in banned books not worth learning. This includes novels about important wars that are banned because they depict violence, such as My Brother Sam is Dead and Schindlers List. Finally, children learn to believe that security is better than freedom (Granberry 67). Instead of fighting for the gain of unabridged knowledge, students will grow up accepting obstructions in life because some one tells them to obey them. Censoring can have no positive outcome on today’s students.
Besides creating a limit on education, book banning also has a negative effect on how the students live. Author Chris Crutcher, American Library Association’s (ALA) Margaret A. Edwards Award winner for the year 2000, claims that “the biggest negative effect [of book banning] is on the relationship of those who loudly challenge the books and the kids they try to ban them from” (Flowe). For instance, if a teenage girl has seen her parent campaign openly against a book because it contains a story about teenage pregnancy, the girl will never turn to her parent if she desires knowledge about having sex or pregnancy even it does not pertain to her. Banning a book requires so much hate that it scares the children. In order to ban a book, a parent must display such strong negative feelings and the student will think that they caused their parents to have so much anger. Aside from tainting relationships, banned booklists also change students’ perspectives on government for the worst. Rudolfo Anaya, author of the frequently challenged book Bless Me Ultima, believes that “Freedom of democracy is learned in...

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