A huge topic of discussion recently has been about freedom of speech. People get very upset and offensive when it deals with their rights. In regards to banning certain books in public libraries, schools and other places, it takes away our right to be informed on a certain topic. The problem with book censorship is that it sets boundaries for our learning capacity. Which in return, limits our knowledge of a certain subject. And with certain books not being able to be read this limits how much were able to learn and communicate with others.
Censorship in schools has to be very complicated. There has to be many different aspects involved in order for a book to banned. Its all about what students learn and how the school is able to use education to teach. Teachers and parents play a huge role when deciding what book shall be banned. They are worried about exposing young students to certain topics that are not meant for that age group. These topics include social and religious issues.
Some people would say that censorship is important because some stuff is just better left unknown. But how can we possibly communicate and market a brand without knowing all the ins and outs of a topic?
Laurie Halse Anderson states, “Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.” Many people believe that limiting the exploration of other topics is unfair and unjust. People want to have their freedom and their rights to do as they please.
Imagine if people were able to read books freely!
– Lauren Wilbun