Hello dear readers. This week marks this year's "Banned Books Week" and as such, it is appropriate to remember just what people aren't allowed to read for their own good.
This week, from Sept. 22- Sept. 28 is Banned Books Week.
Many cases of banned books begin with parents nosing their ways into their children's classrooms. They look at what their children are reading and find a theme, a character- a mere word- that they perceive as "harmful" and condemn the piece of literature so it won't poison children's minds.
Are there books more appropriate for higher ages than others? Possibly. All students learn differently, so they all (to an extent) have different levels of reading and comprehension of literature. However, this writer is a full believer in the idea that what a student is able to read, they should read.
With parents judging books before their children can even get their hands on them in the classroom, it presents an increasingly difficult challenge to introduce them to new ideas in literature. This particular reason is why this week is dedicated to banned books; to understanding why such books aren't allowed in classrooms and why the opportunity to further a student's learning is snatched away from them by overprotective adults.
To discover the most abominably silly reasons as to why certain books were banned, click on this link.
For a look at the top 10 challenged titles, check out this website.
And check out American's most surprising banned books here.
To the parents out there who are reading this article: do your children a favor and allow them to read without fear that a book will corrupt their mind. Words do have a remarkable power about them; don't deny a child from knowing how effective the words from a good book can be.