Chapter 4

Parents and Books

Books are one the main parts of our society and our learning. Especially when it comes to the classics like Catcher in the Rye, Huckleberry Finn, 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc. Without these types of books, our society would become mindless, in my opinion. But, what makes these books classics are their content which sometimes is seen as controversial and not fit for school readings. Which I can understand to a certain degree. You wouldn’t want a six-year-old to read some of these because they wouldn’t understand. However, some parents try to keep their children from reading them in middle school, junior high, and high school just because they have controversial content in them and not the message based on that content.

I think this is wrong and parents shouldn’t be able to remove books for this reason. I think this because I would bet that almost half of the parents that are wanting these censorships haven’t read the books in question. So, if you haven’t read the book you shouldn’t be able to argue against it, in my opinion. Also, the reason the books are so controversial is because they bring out the important and hard topics that we all must deal with in life. If we don’t start talking about these issues at a young but reasonable age then when we will be able to learn and grow? Then one of the shallowest arguments is that these books have bad language in them and our children shouldn’t be exposed to that. Yes, I agree that we should be careful what children see and hear but if it is not gratuitous and is used in the context of the characters and the story then I see no problem with it. It’s like when people say crap or shoot instead of shit. It still has the same connotation behind it but, for some reason, it is more acceptable. Finally, I think that keeping our children in a closed off world only makes it worse for them later on, so if we expose our children, the right way, to these ideas and language I think it will better our society as a whole.

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