Banned Books

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Banned Books

What are some banned book examples?

Banned Books

A challenged book is a book that a person or a group has attempted to remove from the library shelves and/or a school classroom because of objections regarding the book’s content.A banned book has been successfully removed from the library shelves and/or school classrooms.

My philosophy when in comes to banning books in schools is that every parent has the right to decide what their child reads. However, I don’t believe it is fine for a parent to decide what is okay, and not okay, for other people’s children to read. In my future classroom I want to expose my future students to challenging topics and real-world issues. I think some banned books that appear on the ALA’s list would foster engaging and authentic discussion to prepapre students for the realities of the world. I can see myself using banned books like “The Witches” by Ronald Dahl, “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, or “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling. If I chose to use a banned book in my classroom, I will carefully plan and explore issues with readers cautiously. The books are to serve as opportunities for students to think, theorize, question, and explore. If I choose to use a book that has been banned I will be prepared for possible objection. I will make sure send home a parent permission form before using the selected book. I will offer students who object to the banned/challenged book an alternate book that deals with similar topics and themes.

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family valuesreligionpolitical views profane languagesexually, racially discriminatory, or violent content

Top Five Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom in 2013Captain Underpants (series), by Dav PilkeyReasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violenceThe Bluest Eye, by Toni MorrisonReasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violenceThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman AlexieReasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age groupFifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. JamesReasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age groupThe Hunger Games, by Suzanne CollinsReasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

Some reasons books get censored are...

What are challenged/banned books?

Siteshttp://www.bannedbooksweek.orghttp://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/banned-books.html (read banned books now!)http://www.pfaw.org/issues/freedom-of-speech/schools-and-censorship-banned-booksBooksPurity in Print: Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age by Paul S. BoyerNot In Front of the Children: "Indecency," Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth by Marjorie Heins Potentially Harmful: The Art of American Censorship by Cathy Byrd & Susan Richmond What Johnny Shouldn`t Read: Textbook Censorship in America by Joan DelFattore 50 Ways to Fight Censorship: And Important Facts to Know About the Censors by Dave Marsh & George Plimpton

What are the PROS and CONS of banning books?

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Curriculum should be sensitive to students' feelings.Some books contain a large amount of nudity, swearing, racism, and hatred towards certain types of people and are not suitable are reasonable to use in the classroom.If the child is too young, it would be better that they don't read books that are beyond their maturity.

By offering up controversial topics and themes in a variety of engaging texts, schools and teachers are able to give students materials that help answer help answer their questions. The themes and controversies of many questioned texts are used to foster a dialogue and discussion in the classroom (with teacher guidance). By exposing students to a myriad of confusing and troubling topics, teachers are guiding students into the reality of the complex adult and social world. When a challenged book is banned, the complainants have usurped the rights of those who might choose to read the book. People are attempting to impose on others their views and opinions about what is appropriate or fitting reading material.

We want the freedom to read!

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