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Book Banning

By: Rafael Almanza

Disclaimer: This article may be biased.

Over time, important information has been written down and made into reading material such as in documents, which are later turned into books. These books contain numerous ideas that should be disseminated throughout the world in order to educate people who have never heard of subjects many aren’t aware of. Despite this, many ideas are easily accessible to children, and parents do not allow them to be exposed to such ideas. As a result, many libraries in the United States have prohibited the sale of books containing "vulgar" information. Prohibiting books, on the other hand, harms both the human population and the material to which they are exposed to.

Book banning has been practiced since 1637, and it became mandatory in schools in the early 1980s. More than 1,600 books have been banned in the United States. Many of the prohibited articles were prohibited by government officials in response to complaints from parents and librarians. The majority of the prohibited articles contained offensive language, religious beliefs, racism, violence, and sexual content. This procedure is used to limit the spread of potentially inappropriate subjects. However, banning a book does not imply that it is only prohibited in schools; it also implies that it is prohibited for anyone who visits the library.

Some banned titles include Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," and many more. However, because many of these stories are seen as more realistic, many people still enjoy reading about the topics and ideas presented in them. Many people around the world continue to enjoy restricted titles and oppose their prohibition. Their argument is that they should be available to everyone and that just because a book is available does not mean it has to be read.

Although schools have restricted titles, a lot of students still read them because they are available to them elsewhere. Some schools still offer these titles to their students for assignments or just to read. For example, here at SOAR High School, we have titles available such as “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger, and “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. Our school has these titles based on the fact that these books are relatable to students as they come of age. Students may find it very interesting and understandable. SOAR High School and many other schools still have these titles available to students because of how impactful and inspirational they are to students.

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