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Should schools be allowed to ban books?

Read any good books lately? How about “The Kite Runner,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “The Grapes of Wrath” or the “Twilight” series? You may have liked them, but these books and many others are targets of censorship in school libraries and curriculums because they contain violence, religious viewpoints, sexually explicit language or drug references considered unsuitable for students.

This week is Banned Books Week, when libraries and bookstores across the U.S.  generate awareness about book censorship and celebrate the right to read.  Although the U.S. Supreme Court rejected efforts to censor books in schools, the efforts to ban some books have not stopped. In 1982 (Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico), the court said school boards cannot remove books from school libraries “simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books.”

Which one of your constitutional rights is affected when books are banned? Should schools be allowed to ban books? For what reasons? Are there any books that you think are inappropriate? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!

The American Library Association’s top 10 challenged books from 2008 and the reasons they were challenged.

  • And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
    Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  • His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
    Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence
  • TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence
  • Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group
  • Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
    Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  • Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
    Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group
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    10/23/2014
    co
    Emma
    homeschool
    Book banning is stupid. No one should take away our right to read what we want.

    10/22/2014
    keene/texas
    alex mccowen
    mr.morgan/keene wanda R. smith high school
    i do not believe any books should be banned today. All books are aloud to be written and read because there is a freedom of speech but when books are being banned the freedom of speech is being taken away. when an author writes a book they usually have a main theme in the book and like to have other things like violence and profanity and other things like that, but when these books are taken out of schools the students lose interest in reading. I'm a very big reader in my school, one of the top readers as well, but when the books i like to read start to disappear i no longer find the will to read books anymore.

    9/18/2014
    Hardwick, Massachusetts
    Nicholas Otto-Bernstein
    Mr. Passineau/Eagle Hill School
    I believe we should ban certain books

    7/7/2014
    Florida
    Mikaela
    FLVS
    I personally believe that school libraries should make lists of books that have materials that could be seen as inappropriate, and have the parents of the students decide. If a parent feels something is not appropriate for their child's age level then if/when the child went to checkout one of these books, in the library computer it could say that the child could not checkout the book. I think that this would clear up this issue because for parents who want their child to be exposed to "the real world", then they could do so, while the other parents would not have to worry about monitoring the books their child checks out.

    5/26/2014
    Elkhart Indiana
    Makayla
    North Side Middle School
    Books are literature that only influence the weak minded. Parents should monitor what their child reading, seeing, or hearing. If the books are part of the curriculum then there is no need to ban them. The list of books given are aimed at a certain age group with the thought that they are mature enough to handle it.

    5/6/2014
    Demopolis alabama
    Nicole
    Demopolis High School
    The purpose of book censorship is good. It is there help protect and keep children safe from viewing things that are bad. If you use innapropraite books and material in a wrong way or excessivley, then you are going to be doing harm to society as a whole.

    5/6/2014
    Demopolis AL
    William
    Demopolis High School
    I think that there should be censorship to a certain extent. What if the book that a future serial killer reads is the thing that influences him.

    5/6/2014
    Demopolis,AL
    Jeremy
    DHS
    yes, Censorship of books in public high school violates civil liberties.

    4/16/2014
    Atl/GA
    Dav
    DSA school
    books should not be banned

    4/11/2014
    winnipeg
    gloria
    shamrock school
    i think book should not be banned

    4/7/2014
    St. lewis
    Gwen
    Mrs. brown
    I believe that the student and parents should be able to vote on the selections of book in the school library.

    4/7/2014
    St. lewis
    Gwen
    Mrs. brown
    I believe that the student and parents should be able to vote on the selections of book in the school library.

    4/3/2014
    Alabama
    Megan
    MMJHS
    I think that some books should be banned from schools. Only because there are some books that are not about learning about controversial topics, they are just plain bad. Some parents wouldn't want their kids reading, say, 50 Shades of Gray. But if they check them out at school, how are they going to stop them? I think that if a child really wants to read a book, they can go to the local library, or a book store to check out a book. Banning books in school doesn't mean banning books from America all together.

    3/28/2014
    Pearland, Texas
    Jazmine Uribe-Cerda
    pearland Junior High West
    I think that banning books is a bad learning experience because eventually we will learn this stuff, all these "problems" they say we have really they're not that big of a deal. eventually as we get older we learn these things as if its shocking... really its the facts about life an we will have to face it one way or another so us learning this isn't as bad as they make it seem!

    3/20/2014
    south souix city/ NE
    Anahissa
    ssc high school
    this subject really bothers me, knowing that in some schools certain book are not allowed. I think that this is unfair for the students that enjoy reading because come on now, the number of kids that actually read now a days is very low and now you're going to tell those few kids they're not allowed to read what they want. I'm just really against this whole ban books.

    3/6/2014
    San Diego, California
    Jonathan Salazar
    Ms. Anderson/ Health Sciences High and Middle College
    I do not think books should be allowed to be banned. There is no reason to ban books from schools or libraries. People have the right to read what they want even if it's on something that's taboo or controversial. It's wrong to have books banned because of it's content, and I believe that anybody should be allowed to read what they want. I think the banning of controversial books are bad, since if people aren't allowed to learn about the controversies from teachers then they might look towards books. It's important for people to learn about controversial topics whether it be from people or from books.

    3/5/2014
    troy nc
    lexani lilly
    west middle /brown
    books should not be banned from schools because they are nice

    3/5/2014
    North Carolina
    lorena
    Mrs.Brown/west middle
    I think that book is like a new to dream about the past,present, and tomorrow.People taking the book is taking the dream that people dream from the books

    3/5/2014
    Mt. Gilead,NC
    ?TJ?
    Mrs.Brown
    I Think Some Books Should Be Banned Because Of Foul Language & Sexual Activity.

    3/5/2014
    Troy NC 27371
    Adam.Taylor
    Mrs.Brown/ West Middle
    I think books should not banned from schools REAL TALK.

    3/5/2014
    troy nc
    dan gardner
    west middle /brown
    books are close to my heart what about yours

    3/5/2014
    troy nc
    colby
    west middle/brown
    I think that books should not be banned. Books are part of life. They help you learn things and they are sometimes funny.

    3/5/2014
    troy/biscoe
    dan gardner
    west middle /brown
    books are a thing for everybody to enjoy for life not till the schools ban the book

    3/5/2014
    north carolina
    kaleb
    west middle
    books can be fun to read but they can also take away kids social time.

    3/5/2014
    troy/biscoe
    dan gardner
    west middle /brown
    books are a thing for everybody to enjoy for life not till the schools ban the book

    3/5/2014
    troy nc
    dan
    west middle /brown
    books are good for the soul

    3/4/2014
    troy/biscoe
    dan
    west middle /brown
    we have rights to read and i like that right but the schools are taking that right from me but the bad thing is i dont have it anymore

    3/4/2014
    North Carolina
    lorena
    Mrs.Brown/west middle
    I think that schools should not ban books because we all are going to learn all of the real world and how it is not always a happy world. Some books tell us about the real world and how to make us to improved in life

    3/4/2014
    troy
    anna snatander
    mrs.brown
    I don't really care cause I mean its going be their fault if kids don't learn how to read so ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3/4/2014
    troy,nc
    mystery girl
    west middle
    I think books are boring they hurt my eyes and make me sleepy. teachers need to find a way to transform books from boring to fun or else u wont see a book in my hand.

    3/4/2014
    troy nc
    dan
    brown/ troy
    books shouldn't be banned because i like to read what book i want it lets me express myself which is good for people

    3/4/2014
    Troy
    no one knows
    West Middle
    if you think books should be banned there is something wrong with you

    3/3/2014
    north carolina
    jessica
    west middle
    I do not think books should be banned.people can not decide what we read we can decide for our selves.some people rely on them when they want a quiet day at the beach or at their house people deserve books in their life.

    3/3/2014
    troy
    dan
    gardner
    no books should not be banned because we will eventually find out the things so why hide them

    3/3/2014
    north carolina
    kaleb
    west middle
    i don't really care.

    3/3/2014
    north carolina
    kaleb
    west middle
    it doesn't really madder to me as long as i learn.

    3/3/2014
    north carolina
    kaleb
    west middle
    i think books should b banned because of the sexual activity and the cussing

    3/3/2014
    Troy/NC
    no one knows
    West Middle
    I think that books are awesome and more people should read or you will be stupid like most people who don't read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3/3/2014
    north carolina
    alishajuan.goldston
    west middle school. Mrs.Brown
    no I do not think books should be banned from school libaries and books is part ok an education

    3/3/2014
    Troy/North Carolina
    Ny'Asia
    Mrs.Brown
    I Really Don't Care!!!!!

    3/3/2014
    north carolina
    alishajuan.goldston
    west middle school. Mrs.Brown
    no I do not think books should be banned from school libaries and books is part ok an education

    3/3/2014
    Troy NC
    Adam
    Mrs.Brown
    No I do not think books should be banned because if you ban books your also banning ideas about things and certain topics and subjects. Banning books are like ripping someone's mouth off because people have a different ways of talking to other people and you are taking there voice away by banning books

    2/28/2014
    north carolina
    tripp
    west middle
    i think that books shouldn't be banned because we are going to grow up one day and we should be allowed to read what we want its in the first amendment

    2/28/2014
    NC
    Aryssa
    West Middle
    No we should not ban books because we wouldn't be able to learn about history to see what all went down and computers mess up they could give us the wrong information its just not fair and we should be able to read what ever book we want!

    2/28/2014
    Troy/ North Carolina
    Alex
    Brown/ West Middle
    Books are beloved to some people like me. Many people think that books are dumb and that you cant learn anything from them. Those people are dead wrong about that. I guarantee if someone who hated reading and said all those things about them, if they read a book for at least an hour, they will want to read more books. Thanks.

    2/27/2014
    North Carolina
    Caitlin
    West Middle
    No, because books are going to be how we are going to get a job one day. Books are part of our daily life's. Kids need books before they go to sleep. Students usually read a book for their Reading. It keeps Children off the internet look for answers and instead look for the answer in a book. IF they are done with classwork and homework, it easier to open a book and start reading.

    2/27/2014
    Mt. Gilead,NC
    TJ
    Mrs. Brown/West Midde School
    We Should Be able to read any book we want.

    2/27/2014
    north carolina
    Tykalia Martin
    Mrs.Brown/ West Middle School
    No, books should not be allowed to be banned because 1 they are a part of life and no one should try and hide it from them because when they grow up they may go through the same thing they read in the book. 2 because when they grow up they may know how they can face it instead of going asking their mom or dad for help. 3 there are books that some people might not like and there are books that get some people attention and makes them want to read more books like that so they can understand it better. 4 they might not want their parents to tell them what they can and cant read and we should be able to read what we want to read....... not what anyone else want us to read.

    2/27/2014
    troy/ nc
    alex
    brown/ west middle
    students at this school love books and wish that they never were never able to end until they want it to. taking away my book is like taking someone's pet.

    2/27/2014
    Troy/ North Carolina
    Alex
    Brown/ West Middle
    Maria is right about that.

    2/27/2014
    Troy/ North Carolina
    Alex
    Mrs. Brown/ West Middle School
    No books are peoples pass time

    2/27/2014
    north Carolina
    maria
    west Montgomery middle school
    the reason i think books should not be band is because we all have different types of books that catch our attention.and if you take books away just because of language most students might stop reading,and start felling classes ,because reading is very important in education so i say no to banding books.

    2/27/2014
    north Carolina
    maria
    west Montgomery middle school
    the reason i think books should not be band is because we all have different types of books that catch our attention.and if you take books away just because of language most students might stop reading,and start felling classes ,because reading is very important in education so i say no to banding books.

    2/27/2014
    Troy/ North Carolina
    Alex
    Mrs. Brown/ West Middle School
    Books should not be banned

    2/16/2014
    North Bend Oregon
    Cameron
    Miss Winters/The Lighthouse School
    schools should not be allowed to ban books, especially books that you've brought from home. schools should not censor children from real world ideas and ways of life, but they should be informed when they are ready, like I'm in eighth grade and we read Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, i think that that's a good book to read at this age. i went on another site and it listed the Harry Potter series as banned ) :( it said it was supporting witchcraft, my immediate reaction was "if some kid wants to go home, draw a star on their floor, turn off the lights, and light a few candles, thats their own fault. i read the first Harry Potter book when i was five and this is an outrage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2/7/2014
    avondale arizona
    oscar ugalde
    la joya community high school
    we should be aable to read any book we want

    2/6/2014
    AZ
    aaron
    la joya community high school
    schools should not be able to take away books because they are taking something that some students enjoy doing .they are taking away our rights `to read and students wont be enjoying or wont wanna read if they dont have the selection they wanna read

    2/6/2014
    AZ
    aaron
    la joya community high school
    schools should not be able to take away books because they are taking something that some students enjoy doing .they are taking away our rights `to read and students wont be enjoying or wont wanna read if they dont have the selection they wanna read

    2/6/2014
    AZ
    Isiah
    La joya community high school
    Schools should have no rights to take away the books that students enjoy reading simply because they contain things that the school does not agree with. shools that ban these books are taking away our rights to read. all that these books contain are real world situatins and do not deserve to be taken away from ourbook selection.

    2/6/2014
    az/avondale
    bob
    la joya
    no

    2/6/2014
    az/avondale
    bob
    la joya
    no

    2/6/2014
    AZ
    Isiah
    La joya community high school
    Schools should have no rights to take away the books that students enjoy reading simply because they contain things that the school does not agree with. shools that ban these books are taking away our rights to read. all that these books contain are real world situatins and do not deserve to be taken away from ourbook selection.

    2/6/2014
    AZ
    Isiah
    La joya community high school
    Schools should have no rights to take away the books that students enjoy reading simply because they contain things that the school does not agree with. shools that ban these books are taking away our rights to read. all that these books contain are real world situatins and do not deserve to be taken away from ourbook selection.

    2/6/2014
    AZ
    Isiah
    La joya community high school
    I dont feel that districts should be allowed to ban books because of language. we should be able to read the books of our choice. the books we read, should resemble our way of life.

    12/10/2013
    Idaho
    Sawyer
    Homeschooled
    Why should books be banned? Most of what we accept as parts of normal life now was considered vulgar or heretic back then. What you consider as inappropriate or unacceptable now is only your viewpoint, the one you were raised to believe. You who want to ban books only want to hinder the progression of how we think and act. You're stuck in your own little world. We're not. Also; Why shouldn't kids be aware? They're either gonna learn about it reading it or seeing it in real life, which do you think is better?

    12/5/2013
    Mantua, Ohio
    Triston Wise
    Mrs. McMahon CHS
    I think that books should most definitely not be banned, no matter how "Explicit" the book happens to be. Lots of the things written in books are seen more often in real life than in lots of the books that you can buy at almost any store.

    10/28/2013
    Oakton, Virginia
    Jacob
    Rachel Carson Middle School
    I think that as long as there is prudence and common sense among men and women we do not need for people to control what we read and learn, as long as we do not let third graders read Mein Kampf then we should be fine.

    5/8/2013
    North Carolina
    Kylie
    Dh Conley
    Schools should not be allowed to ban books, but schools should know where to place the right books. If you're going to put books about sex and drugs in middle or elementary schools, of course you're going to get people wanting the books banned. Maybe we should be teaching our kids and teenagers how to think for themselves, and not let things like books influence their way of thinking. I understand that not situations are appropriate on schools ground, sex and drugs and HOMOSEXUALITY are parts of daily life. There's not reason kids shouldn't read a book about it because the schools doesn't want them too.

    5/3/2013
    arlington
    Chelsey
    Petit
    books are a way to see reality fiction and hope come to life. banning is a way to hide what we need to know

    3/8/2013
    independence
    phoenix
    fort osage
    books should never be burned whether their offensive to one person or more than one person. some of these books being banned are inspirational books to other even if its a book about death. also if its a book thats offensive to you THEN DONT READ IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN...

    3/7/2013
    Colorado
    Taine
    Brighton High School
    Banning books infringes on peoples rights to read and believe what they want. Books don't teach kids to behave immoraly. Most of the reason that books are banned is because a parent reads a small section that they deem inapropriate and then try to make that decision for everyones child. I'm 17 years old and no parent is going to tell me what I can and can't read. I have the right to my own beliefs and choices. If a parent thinks that a book is inpropriate they should privately go to thier students teacher and explain thier stance and ask for an alternitive book their student can read for credit. It is not any one persons right or the right of another parent to decide what is right for me.

    3/6/2013
    Diboll/Texas
    Ashton
    Heath/Diboll Jr. High
    I think that banning certain books lessens our creativity and ruins the human mind. I mean, it's our choice if we read these books or not, right?

    3/1/2013
    Lacrosse Wisconsin
    Mathew
    Mr Hansen longfello middle
    I think there should not be any books banned because people put hard work to make the book. If you just burn the the book it kills trees.

    2/20/2013
    Boston
    Peter
    English
    Even if it does alter their thoughts and perceptions, they will soon learn whether it is morally right or wrong. It will unlikely change their lifestyle, but likely give them something new to think about.

    2/12/2013
    Texas
    Mark
    Mr. Thomas
    Yes, i believe books should be banned. Since these kids are in their vital learning age, whatever material they put into their head could alter their thoughts and perceptions of right and wrong.

    2/12/2013
    NYC
    Lanie
    Ps6
    Books are awesome, should they be limited?

    2/10/2013
    San Diego/California
    Sarah
    Ms. Tracy/Black Mountain Middle School
    No, schools should not be allowed to ban books; many books that are considered inappropriate are on topics that are a part of our everyday life. Homosexuality is under the category of inappropriate but many people in the world are gay, it is not wrong nor is it offensive; it is a part of reality. Anti-family is under the inappropriate category as well but you can't honestly expect everybody to get along perfectly with kin; people will disagree and hate regardless if related or not, it is simply a part of life. Religion is a touchy subject but if you don't like, don't read; don't go making a big fuss about whether God is real or not. Sexual topics may not be appropriate for different ages but it is up to the guardians of the student if the student is allowed to read it or not. Schools do not have the right to censor students' freedom, even if it is about a book; most of the books listed are usually present in middle schools and up where students should be held responsible for their choices, not where the adults make choices for them.

    2/4/2013
    Troy,Nc
    Andreius Smith
    Mr.Williamsom/West Middle School
    I Really Dont Care About Books To Be Banned Or Not But I Would Rather Some Offensive, Racial Books, And Books With HEAVY Profanity, Not Light, But HEAVY Profanity, Because Do You Want Your Children Or Younger Sibling To Go Around Saying 'Bad Words'. THats Why I think Books Should Be Banned!

    2/4/2013
    troy/nc
    ben
    west middle school
    yes,books should be banned from school!!!!!!!

    2/4/2013
    troy/usa
    michael
    mrs.zic/west middle school
    no,books should not be banned from school

    2/1/2013
    troy NC
    Daniel
    Mrs.Brown West Middle
    if u have to have money to by the baned books then why do shcools buy the baned books?

    2/1/2013
    troy
    Daniel
    west middle
    think about how much money thoes books caust

    12/2/2012
    Greenwich/Eltham
    Paul
    Eltham Hill
    School library contains a book entitled "Skins" based on TV series. Front cover says "Warning contains explicit material" Very strong language and sexual content throughout. This book is TOTALLY unsuitable for school children. The book is very sexually stimulating and foul; in language. Reported to school but alas replies seems lacking on their part. I'm about to take this further

    11/29/2012
    utah/saratoga
    kassidi g.
    vista heights jr. high
    well I'm fourteen and reading is my life I always have a book in my hands so for me banning books is just wrong i am now reading a new series and my school doesn't have it in libraries because it has an "inappropriate influence" and kids my age, well I'm almost finished with it and it hasn't said not one bad part so i think schools shouldn't be aloud to do that....

    11/20/2012
    Palo Alto CA
    Yoonjin
    Herbert Hoover Elementry
    Um, no! We love books, no matter how stupid or innapropriate! They are life lessons, and some of us just love those things! Those are the only books we can count on to be the ones we actually want to read? Duh?

    9/29/2012
    Arlington
    Kath
    Arlington
    My favorite book is The Amber Spyglass (Third Book in the His Dark Materials Trilogy). Yes, there are Atheistic themes, but it's not what the story is based on. It's a story about a strong, smart, female protagonist (something that is truly rare in books), and it opened the door to what I might make my career (Physics). It has lovable characters, a compelling story, and lessons of life. It's not outstandingly violent; I see worse on TV. I see censorship/banning as an insult to the maturity of young readers, and it's ridiculous that this is still a problem today. Open your mind.

    5/4/2012
    West union, Ohio
    devin
    west union dragons
    Why do our teachers get to pick what we read? Why dont we get our own choice?

    5/1/2012
    pittsburg
    harry
    ms.zenzano?rancho mendoas
    books today have good and bad things in them but they teach you things

    4/26/2012
    Mo
    Roxanna
    Dixon
    thats ridiculous. books are the whole reason we come to school. to read and write. pretty soon kids arent going to know how to write cause everybody wants everything computerized. its wrong.

    3/22/2012
    Smyer
    ArielLynnEscobedo
    Mrs.Moers
    I dont think they should ban books because they teach us alot

    4/29/2010

    AleynaP3
    LMS, Diamond Bar , CA
    I do not think schools should be allowed to ban books. I agree with Chelsey when she put it is the students decision which book they would like to read. Along with the parents. And if a person does not find a certain book apropriate then they do not have to read it. Everybody is different and like different things so a book could be terrible to one person, but on the other hand great to somebody else. Especially since our schools, peers, teachers etc. are always pushing students to read which can also expand our vocabulary along with other things, students should be able to chose which ever type of book they find interesting. Books let people get away and escape into there own world so they should be able to read whatever book they desire. It should not be up to the school.

    4/28/2010

    jessep3
    LMS, DIAMOND BAR CA
    I know that im not exactly a big fan of reading but some people are.I dont think It'd be fair for those people who take reading so seriously.Some people even take reading as a way to put feelings aside or to forget about problems that are going on throught their lifes. Many people relate their lifes with books and they realize that their are many people just like them depending on what kind of book is selected.Each and every book has a different story to tell and most of them are inspiring.so inspiring that some kids want reading to take place in their lives forever. I found that the quote ''dont judge a book by it's cover'' is all but very true.One day I walked into the library and just picked a book out of a shelf and later on asked myself ''why'd I pick this book out, it looks so boring'' but what I did'nt realize until I finished reading the book was that it turned out to be the best book I have ever read. I found this very inspiring and I hope you do too because it makes me want to read more books and maybe ill run into a better book than the one I was reffering to. Also kids should read and fill their minds with information that may or may not help them throught life because either way it's going to take place in some part of their life's.well yea I think books should not be banned from schools because you never how much you'll learn from just a ''single'' book.

    4/9/2010

    Rupal
    Tenafly High School, Tenafly, NJ
    Books being banned although may be for the betterment of ones education, is it really all that beneficial? I believe that although a school has a right to not force anyone to read certain books, it does not have the right to exclude any books from the curriculum or the student library. Certain books may not be as school appropriate as others, and that I think is accepted by almost every student. But, not allowing a student to even have the option of reading the book isn’t fair at all. As a junior, I was required to read the novel Huckleberry Finn. No matter how much prior controversy I had heard about the book because of its flexible use of a derogatory word I was still required to read it. I believe that if a school requires books to be read than it should hold enough trust in its students to choose books that they think are appropriate. I think that by laying out guidelines a school can show a student that reading certain books is acceptable but the guidelines are just something to keep in mind.

    4/9/2010

    Nick
    Tenafly Highschool, tEnaFLy, nEw JERseY
    although schools may have the power to ban books they see as inappropriate or uneducational they shouldn't ban books because books are a way for people to expand their vocabulary and even imagination. Whether the book is shows religious viewpoints,is sexually explicit, or if there is drug use; they should not be banned because these situations happen in real life and it cannot be harmful to read ab out it in a book, but instead teach people about life.

    4/8/2010

    Chelsey P1
    Lorbeer MS, Pomona, CA
    I don't think that schools should be allowed certain books from schools because they don't have the right to tells us what we can or cant read. True some books may contain 'bad' content for some students, but really its up to the students or the parents if that books is okay for us to read it or not, not the school. Even is its not in the schools library, students can still obtain the books so there is really not point in banning the books in the beginning.

    4/8/2010

    Chelsey P1
    Lorbeer MS, Pomona, CA
    I don't think that schools should be allowed certain books from schools because they don't have the right to tells us what we can or cant read. True some books may contain 'bad' content for some students, but really its up to the students or the parents if that books is okay for us to read it or not, not the school. Even is its not in the schools library, students can still obtain the books so there is really not point in banning the books in the beginning.

    4/5/2010

    Marrissa P6
    Lorbeer MS, Dimond Bar, Ca
    WHAT!!! NO, schools should not ban books. Books are a part of life. OK, I used to not like reading but I read some good books then I found the Twilight Saga and I was hooked! Now I can't stop reading, once I finish a book I start another, I try to get series so there is more to read. If I wasn't doing this right now I would be at the book store or reading! reading is great it expands your vocabulary and your imagination. So NO schools should NOT ban books!!!!

    3/18/2010

    Alissa
    Bodine, Phialdelphia
    No!!!!

    3/11/2010

    Nate
    Warren Area High School, Warren, Pennsylvania
    No, I don't think they should ban books. What book, well what good book doesn't have any of those in it? Those four things keep readers interested. Are you more likely to read about a murder or someone who is just sitting outside with no plot? Every single one of those reasons are great substances for books. The reason why they want to ban those books is because they want the students to feel they way they do, think they way they think, its all conformity brought down from the education department. They should let kids read whatever they feel like without getting introuble.

    3/11/2010

    Nate
    Warren Area High School, Warren, Pennsylvania
    No, I don't think they should ban books. What book, well what good book doesn't have any of those in it? Those four things keep readers interested. Are you more likely to read about a murder or someone who is just sitting outside with no plot? Every single one of those reasons are great substances for books. The reason why they want to ban those books is because they want the students to feel they way they do, think they way they think, its all conformity brought down from the education department. They should let kids read whatever they feel like without getting introuble.

    3/11/2010

    Danielle
    Warren Area Hig School, Warren,Pa
    No, school should not be allowed to ban books. Some students dont do many things in school and if they want to read they should have that option open to them. If other students do not like what they are reading that student is not forcing them to read the book. Students that have a problem with certains books should just not read that genre or type of book. Plus it is a little hypocritical for schools to make us read books that have certain veiw points and cultures that we may not agree to but then take away our right to read which is in the first amendment. So no i don't think that any school should be allowed to ban anytime of school: private or public. You shoud still have the freedom to read ay type of book that you would like.

    1/18/2010

    Charis
    Antilles Middle School, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Well, I personally dont like reading at all, many people don't, but there are many people who love it.So i think they shouldn't ban book from any school because they expand our vocabulary and make us think and ask ourselves questions.Plus, not all books contain sexual or drug reference. Some teach lessons that you can consider using throughout ur life.Every one likes a different type genre like Mystery , Love, Action etc.Also books show feelings that are hard to explain for students.

    12/16/2009

    Oscar and Jacob
    Montera Middle School, Oakland California
    Schools should not ban book. books show new vocab. for students and books show feelings that are hard to explain which can reflect on your own life. books also have very important themes that people should know for their life.

    12/10/2009

    Anthony
    Litchfield High School, Litchfield, CT
    Depending on the type of school, public or private, I do believe that some books should be ban. In a private school, I believe that no books should be ban, but they could if they wanted to since the school is not a public or state school. In a public schools case though, since there is such a thing as separation of church and state and the 1st amendment, books such as religious books or books with religious reference could be ban, but not all should. The first amendment stresses your right to have a freedom of press, religion and speech, but also of expression with some limits. Some books should not be ban if there are kids at the schools that are willing to read it out of their interest and not the schools. The books schools provide should not have books that have reference that goes against the separation of church and state law. In the library though, I believe that there should be books of that reference if there are people who read them. Unless there are people in the schools that strongly do not feel comfortable with the books in the school, then there should be a vote within the board of education on whether or not the book is distracting the students and should be ban.

    12/10/2009

    Chris
    Litchfield High School, Litchfield CT
    although schools may have the power to ban books they see as harmful or uneducational they should never use this power to ban books kids would like to read on their own time. the books schools are banning are classic books that all have places in littarary history. kids should have access to all of these books. in order for a book to be banned the school would have had to allow it before. a book that causes controversy should be allowed to be banned but a book that is viewed by a school board and just removed because of persional views on the book should not be allowed. books rarely cause big problems so banning books is just an attempt on removing a problem that most likely wont happen.

    12/10/2009

    Alex D.
    Litchfield High School, Litchfield CT
    There should not be any separation between public or private schools to what they can have for books. Either all books can be used for learning or all books to a certain level should be banned from both types of schools. The first amendment does prove that you should be allowed to read anything or write anything that you believe is a necessity not only in school but in the world. you do not lose your First Amendment rights when you enter school.

    12/10/2009

    Tamara
    Litchfield High School, Litchfield, CT
    The controversy regarding the banning of books from schools delves beyond the protection of the students and into values that the school would like to uphold. A common argument for schools who wish to ban books from their library and their curriculum is that the literary value that can be gained from reading them is far outweighed by the explicit nature and content of the stories. Schools that are interested solely in the well-being of the students and the upholding of a standard of appopriateness within the institution should be allowed to ban whichever books they see as a hindrance to the learning experience. This is not a breach of the first amendment as students are more than welcome to pursue whichever reading material they like, as long as it is outside the school setting. The primary interests of the administration making these decisions is to ensure that the dynamic of a school environment is maintained. However, religious books (even biased, instructional ones) are of educational value to students and as long as a preaching or persuasion of religion is absent, religious reading material should be allowed. All other sexually or violently explicit reading material should be at the discretion of the administration.

    12/10/2009

    Rhiann
    Litchfield High School, Litchfield, CT
    I firmly believe that no books should be banned from anyone, in or outside of school. Banning books violates the first amendment. It is the author’s right to publish controversial material. It is the reader’s right to interpret the material. Reading is a vital form of education. If schools discourage reading through banning books, then they are ultimately discouraging learning. Banned books serve a purpose in this world. Through banned books adolescents can learn the consequences of controversial topics such as sex, violence, drugs, etc. By reading and developing a sense of awareness ahead of time, one can prevent adolescent mistakes. Overall, I believe that all books serve their own purpose. No book should be deemed inappropriate. No book should be banned from any proactive learner. Learning can be done from any book, school appropriate or not.

    12/10/2009

    Sarah
    Litchfield High School, Litchfield, Connecticut
    Books provide insight into culture. No cultures should be banned or hidden, therefore, it is not logical for books to be banned in schools. While some may say that some books with heavy drug or religious references are inappropriate for school, I believe that they just reveal cultures that are not taught in school. In addition to providing a plethora of new information for students, these books represent the authors exercise of freedom of speech. By banning these books, the students will see that their constitutional rights are not fully carried out. According to the supreme court case “Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico,” the judge ruled that the school board could not ban selected books just because they did not like the ideals presented. After the judge ruled in favor of Pico, there is no reason this issue should be further debated. In my opinion, all schools should lift any bans that are currently in place. Banning books is against the first amendment to the Constitution as well as preventing students from further enrichment.

    12/10/2009

    Billy
    Litchfield High School, Litchfield, CT
    I feel that schools should not ban books from the students reading. A teacher can assign a book in his/her class and if the teacher is assigning a book, there is always a reason for the teacher wanting the class to read it. Many great works of literature have been written, and students in high school are deprived from reading these books because of certain views that the author has put into his writing. Of course a teacher is not going to assign a book that is blatantly not allowed for school reading, but if a teacher is assigning the book, how bad can it be? They are professionally trained teachers, they know what is right and what is wrong. In the First Amendment it states that we have our freedom of speech, and if someone doesn’t like a certain view, they should have the chance to be dismissed and given another option or choice. We are degrading our Amendments by Banning books and it only takes away from our education, so why disrupt our learning when we can make it easier and make careful choices on what we read without banning the book.

    12/9/2009

    Katie
    Litchfield High School, Litchfield, Connecticut
    No, I do not think that schools should be allowed to ban books because it goes against the 1st amendment in the United States Constitution. According to the 1st amendment, Individuals are given freedom of speech and I think that writing a book is a way of an author expressing their opinion on certain issues through words. For a school to ban certain books violates an authors privilege but also, it violates children’s rights to a full education. Children should be entitled to read whatever books they choose, this helps them receive a different opinion on a subject. According to, www.student-vocies.org A 1982 case (Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico), led to the Supreme Court saying that school boards cannot remove books from school libraries “simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books.” Overall, it goes against the U.S. Constitution for schools to ban books, and the Supreme Court has already said that it is not allowed. So schools should not continue to ban books they see not fit for the children at their school.

    12/9/2009

    kirsten
    newark charter school, Newark, Delaware
    I don't think they should ban books because it violates the 1st amendment. The first amendment states that we have freedom of speech. The books shouldn't be banned b/c of the ideas written in the book!

    12/9/2009

    Jane
    Montera Middle School, Oakland, California
    I don't think schools should be allowed to ban books. Books give us freedom of speech. Banning them would counter with the first amendment in the constitution. It's the persons choice to read what books they want to, not the school districts.

    12/9/2009

    Matan
    Montera Middle School, Oakland,California
    No, I do not think that schools should be allowed to ban books because it goes against the 1st amendment in the United States Constitution. According to the 1st amendment, Individuals are given freedom of speech and I think that writing a book is a way of an author expressing their opinion on certain issues through words. For a school to ban certain books violates an authors privilege but also, it violates children’s rights to a full education. Children should be entitled to read whatever books they choose, this helps them receive a different opinion on a subject. According to, www.student-vocies.org A 1982 case (Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico), led to the Supreme Court saying that school boards cannot remove books from school libraries “simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books.” Overall, it goes against the U.S. Constitution for schools to ban books, and the Supreme Court has already said that it is not allowed. So schools should not continue to ban books they see not fit for the children at their school.

    12/9/2009

    Matan
    Montera Middle School, Oakland,California
    Books are awesome!

    12/9/2009

    Dari Z.
    Montera Middle School, Oakland, CA
    I think we should have the right to read any books we want. Maybe religious schools could be allowed to ban books that go against their teachings and beleifs, but other than that I think kids should be allowed to choose what books are appropriate for their maturity and reading level.

    12/9/2009

    grace g
    montera, oakland ca
    i dont think it is fair u cant ban what they read at home and usally they are the same books so y try

    11/16/2009

    Jatniel
    Antilles Middle School, Puerto Rico
    No, I don't think they should ban books in school because if there are books about life, we could read them.

    11/16/2009

    samantha
    antilles middle school, puerto rico
    i don't think schools should band books because if you do how will kids now what to do or not to do. the library can have the books like that but that depends on the grade. you can't have books like that at an elementary schools because tey are still very small. but if the bigger grades are mature. books are meant to be read if people don't read the books the author wont be making money. its the coise of the parents to let there children read books with that content

    11/2/2009

    cariane
    Antilles Middle School, Puerto Rico
    Look at all these reasons why they shouldn't ban books and why they should. I think they shouldn't.

    11/2/2009

    Jobin
    Nimitz, Irving/Texas
    I don't think schools should ban books. The banning of books would take away our right to freedom of speech and the freedom of the press. The writers would not be able to express their views fully. Studies show that students get smarter as they read more and banning books would adversely affect that correlation. With the graphic scenes in books, it is sometimes just there to make us aware of what is out in the real world. To censor what we as teenagers read would be a violation of the first ammendment.

    10/30/2009

    jess p
    NEHS, philadelphia pa
    I think schools shouldn't really have the right to ban books unless they are completely vulgar and uneducational. Books are meant to be read, not banned. They shouldn't really have an age requirement on books. If children want to read books they should at least know what they are reading about. If a young adult, wants to read a book about what they feel, it might get a little explicit but they should know what they are getting into. Banning certain literature books isn't right because some textbooks can get pretty vulgar, so are they banned to? No one takes into consideration that kids nowadays are getting into more and more at younger ages.

    10/29/2009

    Amber H
    Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
    Banning books interferes with our right of freedom of press and speech, guaranteed to us by the first amendment. Though a book may portray lives scarred and blemished by atrocities and imperfections that live by their own set of rules and are disapproved of by our- or any- school board, they are not written to encourage or glorify a way of life.. merely to open our minds to the expanse of human experience. Authors have a right to get their words and opinions and stories out to anyone. We have a right to their knowledge and wisdom and point of view. We learn that ugly things go on in our world. I think the real question here is this: Should a school “protect” us from these things? I think not. How then would we learn anything? Schools should not be places of pure academics. Upon graduation, we would face the world in all its beauty and grime and we would realize that we have learned nothing.

    10/29/2009

    brittane
    s.a.douglas, philadelphia
    No I think school should not beable to ban book because we can lean from book and if we dont have books how would we lean with out books

    10/29/2009

    Jewel K.
    Northeast High School, Phila. PA
    I don't think that books should be banned. These books actually help some of us. They let us get away from the things that are going on in our lives. by reading these books they let us look into the lives of other people and how they deal with things. Some of these books that are the schools are trying to ban I have read them. They are interresting. They make me want to go to class just so I can discuss the what's going on.

    10/28/2009

    Christine
    S. A douglas, philadelphia
    I think that these books shouldn;t be band from schools because they show students how those people lived n show them even if the language in it is bad its life everyone curses even if it slips out of there mouth. They shouldn't ban the books for those things i'm look at the way people live n so those books show people that its bad.

    10/28/2009

    Marlen L.
    Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
    I don't think it should be necessary to ban books. Although there are some books out there that seem a little inappropriate for certain age groups, I think that it is up to the reader to discern which books he/she should be reading. I know why some parents, teachers, etc, might be concerned with banning certain books, but when it all comes down to it, those books only speak reality. If some people don't like reading about those things or having their children/students read that, they have the right to give advice, but not deny them the right to read them. After all, drugs, violence, sex, religion, and other controversial topics are around us everyday. The simple fact that we are able to read about them does not mean that we will be subject to trying some of those things or be influenced in a negative way. I love to read and I know that I don't want anyone telling me that I can't read a certain book. Maybe I will never want to read it, but at least I have the right to decide for myself.

    10/28/2009

    Matthew B.
    Northeast High School, Phila. P.A.
    I disagree with this idea of "banning books" Books are books and we read them to break away from the reality around us, not to conform with the rules applied my modern day lifestyles of the actual people banning these books. If you take away these books, which i learned alot for, then you are telling me that i was taught from those for no reason. So in essence you not only wasted my time but my friends and the teachers time as well. this is by far a pointless idea, some of these books take place way back "in the day" they do not take into affect with what kids do now-a-days. how about you look at it in this retrospect; if i wrote a book on what i see in my life today and went back into the past (some how) do you think they would ban that book? i could almost assure you that they would. like i said a book is a book. if you want to reduce violence then how about you ban life??

    10/28/2009

    jack
    neioff, philadelphia
    they shouldnt ban any books because they are always are trying to get us to read a book but when we find books that we actually like they wanna ban our goood book and get us to read the boring books they have for us.

    10/26/2009

    Blanca
    CanyonRidgeHighSchool, Hesperia, California
    i dont think they should ban books ,books are great..no matter what!!!

    10/25/2009

    Ashlyne
    Nimitz, Irving TX
    Among my friends I am well known as a lover of books. So it stands to reason that I am very against the banning of books. What is the basic reason parents send their children to school? To learn reading, writing, and arithmetic. So why ban books? Because some people consider them offensive or inappropriate? Why is someone else deciding what I am allowed to check out of my school's library? If a parent or child believes the book to be offensive and inappropriate then they should be allowed to decide that on their own. No one should leave the choice up to someone else to decide for them. Its only a small step from deeming books inappropriate for language to deeming books inappropriate for their open-mindedness and free thinking. Maybe its time some of the people who banned books to pick up one of the books they so adamantly despise. Many of them talk about oppression and control. It only seems somewhat more than ironic that the books that speak out about oppression are being kept from children.

    10/22/2009

    Jonathan
    Nimitz High, Irving, Tx
    Books are literature that only influence the weak minded. Parents should monitor what their child is reading, seeing, or hearing. If the books are part of the curriculum then there is no need to ban them. The list of books given are aimed at a certain age group with the thought that they are mature enough to handle it.

    10/22/2009

    Cariane
    Antilles Middle School, Puerto Rico
    It also bad to ban books because it may teach us about life and it may teach us about other important to our lives.

    10/21/2009

    Cariane
    Antilles MIddle School, Puerto Rico
    I think it is good to ban some books because some books may give a bad influence that may lead to violence, drugs, and addiction.

    10/20/2009

    Heather B.
    Nimitz HS, Irving Tx.
    When books are banned it affects our first amendment, which includes the freedom of the press and speech. This is one of the most valued freedoms available in America and the flirtation with stepping on this freedom is truly an atrocity to the lifestyle we as Americans claim to live. I definitely think that schools have no right to even attempt to ban books. These books that some consider inappropriate are just reflecting what is going on in the world. Drugs are real, anti-family situations are real, sex is real, and offensive language is definitely real, and most likely as a high school student we have been exposed to one or all of these things. Therefore, for some people to try and censor what we read is completely absurd especially with a laptop is inches away from us able to search things that definitely need censorship.

    10/20/2009

    Jose M
    Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
    Banning books is not something I would agree with because I know when I read books I find out great and bad things about the real world. If it ain't for these books we wouldn't be informed about what is out there, their are some books that are inappropriate but we have to live with them because there is got to be somebody who likes that and they have their rights to decide what they are going to read, what religion, and to speech. We have the right to chose what we going to do with our lives. Banning books is something I would not agree with. It is not going to any good its just worst, there are no positive things of banning books.

    10/20/2009

    Sergey
    Nimitz, Irving
    Banning books would be the worst move by our government since the decision to make Hawaii a member of the U.S. Books are a very key factor in school, we read books to build our vocabulary and learn new things. Books like “to kill a mockingbird” have been around for decades and the fact that they have bad words and religious connections shouldn't matter. What matters are the lessons they teach us and the way we interpret our history's best writers' works. The only people complaining about language and those other issues are the judgmental, obdurate, and teenager hating semi-americans who believe that what makes us “bad” is the books we read. However, if our government makes these books “illegal” I would feel it would be considered as them trying to deny our freedom to religion, and our freedom to read books (not an actual amendment) because if the book has a religious view they cannot abolish it. Some of the oldest books have foul language, but quite honestly we hear that everywhere and especially in high school, so why would cutting our books with a couple of bad words help us teenagers to speak properly and use table manners. It wont.

    10/20/2009

    Olivia L.
    Nimitz, Irving, TX
    The banning of books goes against the rights of the first amendment. It violates the authors freedom of speech. Schools should not be able to chose what students are exposed to through books. If schools really want to control what the students are exposed to in the eight hours they are there, they are going to have to do alot more than ban books.

    10/20/2009

    Kristina M.
    Nimitz HS, Irving/Tx
    Book banning is really not necessary. Authors write books to tell a story, an author uses a book to spread their imagination or their views on a topic. It is like free speech, it violates our right to free speech. What happened to expanding our vocabulary through reading? Just as in the case Board of Education, Island Tree Union Free School District No. 26 v. Pico, the school board should not be able to ban books just because they don't like the ideas contained in the book. It is an obvious hit to our society through our first amendment rights, such as; freedom of speech and freedom of press. The topics of the certain books that are banned are real topics that happen everyday, its not uncommon. These real topics make it easier for the reader to relate and be able to be interested in the book. That is why I enjoy reading because I can relate to it, but if they take all that away, what's the point in reading for fun if it's not interesting? No one should ban books because of an expression of ideas through public press.

    10/19/2009

    shahar .c.
    nehs, philadelphia PA
    i dont think that school should be allowed to ban books because of many reasons. first, there are many books that we are using in school for taking classes,and projects. but not all books are for us to use in school, books that we can read and enjoy in our free time, after school. i also think that if school will ban a book, it will cuase many students to want to read that book even more that before. i aslo think that banning any kind of book is wrong because book is a tool. a tool for us the student to learn grammar, new words and also learn about life. that is why i think school should not be allowed to ban any kind of book

    10/19/2009

    Shayla E
    NIMITZ, Irving, TX
    The First Amendment (freedom of speech and press) is what is being affected by banning certain books from school libraries. Schools should not be allowed to ban books. How do they expect us students to learn about the religious viewpoints, violence, drugs etc..In my opinion these things are what make books interesting, and if there isn't going to be anything interesting it's going to keep students from reading. Is that what they want? These qualities in books are what help some students learn how to deal with a problem they may have in their home life or just any life situation. I believe it is a bad idea to ban these books.

    10/18/2009

    Savanna
    Ugalde, Nimitz, Irving, TX
    The reason I enjoy reading has always been because of the diverse subjects. You may not agree with the views expressed in a book, but you always learn something new from it. Putting restrictions on what you are able to read, is putting a limit on your education.

    10/16/2009

    Brisli H
    Nimiz High School, Irving, TX
    If a school wants to ban a book what is to stop them, you would think they would be violating the first amendment of freedom of speech and press but its no our library so all we can do is complain. By banning a book a school will not accomplish much, in today’s modern age it doesn’t take much for one to get online and download the book and read it. By also denying us the book we would be more interested in wanting to read it simply because we would want to know what is so bad in the book that would make it get banned. As far as the content that the book could contain like drugs and sexual content, why would it be as bad coming from a book considering that if they are trying to protect us from things like that, the school should put more of an effort of stopping it in real life and not some book, they should just let our imaginations go wild and not our actions.

    10/16/2009

    Amber W.
    Warren area high school, PA
    I think books should not be allowed to be band, because if they are then we'll never learn. banning books not a god idea because some people only read those types of books.

    10/15/2009

    chris
    wahs, Warren pa
    I believe that there is nothing wrong with the books we read in school. The amount of violence, drug reference, sexual reference, etc. in these books is nothing compared to what we hear outside of school. the real world is alot harsher than these books we are reading. there all classics and should be shared with future generations to come. A little prophanity or violence is no reason to take books such as these off the curriculum. As I said before these books are nowhere near as bad as the real world kids should be able to keep reading these titles and enjoying their stories.

    10/15/2009

    Chris S
    Wahs, Warren PA
    I believe the books in the curriculum should not be banned. These books are learning devices, there is not nearly enough prophanity in them to have to ban them. In the real world there is much more violence, drug use, and other disturbing things that kids will have to deal with that cannot be banned. These books are classics and should be shared with the generations to come. Banning these books would be a very bad idea, students wouldn't be able to read these great titles and learn from them. There not just books their life lessons that need to be passed on. The curriculum shouldn't ban books from students.

    10/15/2009

    Holly W
    Warren Area High School, Warren Pa
    In my opinion, school is to prepare you for your future, and what is expected in the "real world". The topics in books that are considered "unsuitable" for school are also topics we are all going to encounter in life. I believe banning books based on their contense should be wrong.

    10/15/2009

    Chris S
    Wahs, Warren PA
    I believe the books in the curriculum should not be banned. These books are learning devices, there is not nearly enough prophanity in them to have to ban them. In the real world there is much more violence, drug use, and other disturbing things that kids will have to deal with that cannot be banned. These books are classics and should be shared with the generations to come. Banning these books would be a very bad idea, students wouldn't be able to read these great titles and learn from them. There not just books their life lessons that need to be passed on. The curriculum shouldn't ban books from students.

    10/14/2009

    Seth
    WAHS, Warren PA
    I think that banning any kind of book is ignorant. Books are seen as a tool. they help us to learn new words, view correct grammar, and learn about life. To ban a book that is a potential learning tool is not very bright. Books fill us with the intelegence and knowledge we need to get by in life. If we didnt have some of these books then we would have to go out and learn the hard way, rather than just seeing the characters mistake in the book and learning from it.

    10/13/2009

    Sandra C.
    Nimitz High School, Irving/ Texas
    Book banning in schools or any where for that manner is for lack of a better term, ignorant and stupid. First off, it goes against our constitutional rights as citizens of the United States of America. It clearly states in Amendment One, that we have the freedom of speech and press. Yes, it is a privilege to have a library in the school that lets you borrow books for free. Trusting that you will bring them back as they left. It is pretty darn nice to be able to request a book from the library and be able to read it on my own time. With all of that said, schools should not be able to ban books. Don't let me be able to read a book one year and not be able to check it out the next because of satanic or sexual content. Or anything of that sort. If I wanted to read about occults I would use the internet or go to websites like satanism101.com, which is not even blocked on the school internet, by the way. Also, is it not better for me to read about sex then actually go out and have sex? I mean wouldn't that satisfy whatever curiosity I would have? We are exposed to all of this and more in our every day lives. If we don't like it we will just not check that book out. Why would anyone ever go to the extremes of taking away the ability to leave this world and travel into our imagination for a certain period of time. Personally, I love to read. I will read anything really but most of my books have sex, drugs, violence, vampires, and whatever. The books that I read, have the same material that banned books do. It is just not cool. Books like twilight for instance, should not be banned. If you ever read the book, you would know it is about Edward and Bella's struggle to be in love with the many differences they have. Differences like her being human and him not so much. The book is about love, not about satanism or occults. Religion would not even be mentioned if Edward did not have to explain to Bella of how he was unsure about him going to heaven because he is a Vampire. That he didn't want her to sacrifice her afterlife for him. If there are books that I don't like or agree with, guess what? I'm not going to cry over it. I will just simply set it down and return it. The book was published for a reason. For people to read. Though I might not be that person there will all ways be other people that love it. Please don't take away the books I love, what else will I do with my free time?

    10/13/2009

    Vanessa H.
    Nimitz High School, Irving/TX
    When schools ban books, my First Amendment is being affected greatly. Who are they to say that I can't read a book just because it contains offensive language or sexually explicit content. It is like my freedom of speech is being stepped on. I am not directly speaking or anything like that, but I am reading literature from authors who are just writing some controversial stories. The school board or whoever is making the decisions may think the ideas being expressed in the books are inappropriate, but who can justify what appropriate is. Since everyone has different views of “appropriateness”, then this is impossible. I see no point for the schools to ban books from the school libraries, because after all the students can get access to the books in public libraries, book stores, or even the internet. So it would be pretty much pointless. Also by banning books like these, schools are making the students curious of why exactly these books are being banned. Thus making the students want to read them. People need to stop hiding the reality from students by making it seem like the world is a happy place that is filled with pretty flowers and rainbows, because it is not. I would believe that the students who are being exposed to these books have some common sense, so it should be only up to them to decide to actually read the books or not. * I know this is off topic but instead of schools worrying about banning books, they should be worrying about their students (teenagers) being able to actually read properly and up to speed.

    10/13/2009

    Heather C.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    Schools don't have the right to ban a book. When an author writes a book he has a meaning for writing it. Some meanings stand out more than others. But they are all meant to be read and thought about. Some books have a more complex meaning than just what is in the words. And most students wont understand this meaning without the help of a teacher. When a school bans a book they are stopping our education. When the school bans a book it also violates the first amendment. I believe that it is wrong for the school district to ban a book because books are written to be read and they usually have an important meaning.

    10/13/2009

    Cole
    WAHS, Warren Pennsylvania
    I do not think books should be ban from highschool just because of what some people consider gray areas. There will allways be more books that have ideas and situations like that. Not every one will agree on what is or for students and what is not. But we are almost adults i think we can handle it.

    10/13/2009

    Gabby R.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    I believe that schools shouldn't be allowed to ban books. Reading increases students vocabulary. We have the right to read what we want, and banning these books from school may leave some students to not be able to read at all. The school cirriculum put books in to help students learn, so why go against the first amendment and take them out? Students are granted freedom, therefore schools shouldn't ban books.

    10/13/2009

    Ryan W.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    Schools should not be able to control what students read. Most content in the world isn't suitable for students but they always appear, and not just in books. If these books were in the school curriculum, why should they be banned. They're in it for a reason. Just another pointless argument in my opinion.

    10/13/2009

    Dana B.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    Although some books may contain questionable topics, I do not believe that schools should be allowed to ban books. One reason is that, almost anyone can go to the public library and check out whichever book they would like. In order to monitor which books enter the school, teachers would be wasting an extreme amount of time for the school faculty. They would need to check lockers, (which is a violation of privacy, although it is legal), and spend extra time during classes to go over rules about the banned books. I think that this time would be better spent teaching. Also, another reason I believe books should not be banned, is that some books describe events in history, and they are included in the schools curriculum. "To Kill a Mockiningbird," is one of these novels. Removing this book would be detrimental to students education.

    10/13/2009

    Jacob S.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, Pennyslvania
    I believe that schools should not be allowed to ban books. Often times books may have language or viewpoints that may be deemed unsuitable for a certain age group. However in today's day and age who is to judge the suitable reading material for a student. Often those tasked with judging these are people who come from a different generation where things that are common place in today's society were taboo during their time. If a school censors or bans a book it is taking away the basic liberties that we as Americans enjoy in our every day life. In history class we learn about the effects of Communism on a country, how you would be told what you could wear, who you could associate with, and what you could read. We are told of the evils of Communism, and then they tell us we are not allowed to read a book because it was deemed unsuitable. Who has the knowledge of a students ability to distinguish from right and wrong better than that student? Personally if I felt that a book were offensive I wouldn't read it. So there is no reason for someone to tell me what I should or should not read...

    10/13/2009

    Joshua Thornton
    WAHS, Warren
    I don't believe schools should start to ban reading material in schools, as its to hard to draw a line with what books people do and do not find acceptable. For cirriculum purposes, I can see certain materials inappropriate and not covering everyones paticular beliefs, but the independent library itself should not be censored.

    10/13/2009

    Hannah K
    Warren Area High School, Warren/ Pennsylvania
    Certain books in the school system are considered "illegal", but why? Bercause of a certain amount of violence or religion in it? Why does that make it "bannable"? Most of the books that are banned could be considered amazing pieces of literature and have good pieces in them for discussion, but schools view them as inappropriate, immoral, and end up banning them because of usually small places in the book where the content is. How many times has someone read "Gone with the Wind"? That book is banned in some schools because of its "adult" content. Well if books are going to be banned for "adult" content, then that content should also be banned from television too. Students around the world watch television where the movies or even t.v. series has more "Adult" content in them than the books that are being banned for having it. The ban isn't right because schools are restricting our personal right to be able to read those books and thats what should be done. The schools ask us to read but then they say "oh you can't read that one.." or "I'm sorry, but that book was banned from our school district...." Where in the constitution does it say that others can take away our rights?!? We were given these right for a reason and no one has the right to take them away.

    10/13/2009

    Dean G
    Warren Area High School, Warren
    I like books?

    10/13/2009

    Stevie S.
    WAHS, Warren, PA
    In my opinion, books should not be banned from reading in schools. One main reason a person reads a book is to learn; to get the idea of how others live, what others go through, and their beliefs. By banning a book, because of religion especially, students are losing the chance to experience others view point and what they believe. Just because you're reading a book about a religion that you dont go by doesnt mean you're being forced to convert to it. You're seeing others point of view which will help students be more open-minded. When it comes to laguage and violence, that is what is in the real world. Students need to not be so sheltered and read about what is really out there. Even if it's fiction it never hurts to have an imagination.

    10/13/2009

    Stevie S.
    WAHS, Warren, PA
    In my opinion, books should not be banned from reading in schools. One main reason a person reads a book is to learn; to get the idea of how others live, what others go through, and their beliefs. By banning a book, because of religion especially, students are losing the chance to experience others view point and what they believe. Just because you're reading a book about a religion that you dont go by doesnt mean you're being forced to convert to it. You're seeing others point of view which will help students be more open-minded. When it comes to laguage and violence, that is what is in the real world. Students need to not be so sheltered and read about what is really out there. Even if it's fiction it never hurts to have an imagination.

    10/13/2009

    Stevie S.
    WAHS, Warren, PA
    In my opinion, books should not be banned from reading in schools. One main reason a person reads a book is to learn; to get the idea of how others live, what others go through, and their beliefs. By banning a book, because of religion especially, students are losing the chance to experience others view point and what they believe. Just because you're reading a book about a religion that you dont go by doesnt mean you're being forced to convert to it. You're seeing others point of view which will help students be more open-minded. When it comes to laguage and violence, that is what is in the real world. Students need to not be so sheltered and read about what is really out there. Even if it's fiction it never hurts to have an imagination.

    10/12/2009

    Andrew N.
    Warren Area High School, PA
    Schools should not be allowed to ban books. For one it is the choice of the reader to read that book. If they want to read it, let them. At least they are reading a book. Just because somebody else is reading a book that is "inappropriate" it doesn't mean that everybody in the whole school has to know what happens in it.It is the right of the student to read whatever it is that they want to read and no one should be allowed to stop that.

    10/12/2009

    Eric
    Warren Area High School, Warren,PA
    I don't believe that students should be deprived the right to read certain books simply because they are controversial. The thought of protecting students from this type of material is stupid. Any student walking down the hall during the school day will be exposed to equally or more provocative language than found in “To Kill a Mockingbird" or "The Grapes of Wrath". Books like the two I just mentioned are full of educational value. Those students who are being deprived of reading and studying it in class are severely missing out. They go into the issues such as racism and poverty that were and are a major part of our country's history and need to be studied.

    10/12/2009

    Marissa
    WAYS, Warren
    The topic of banning books in schools is a highly debated subject. Some people feel as though unethical books should be taken out of the criteria for their childrens sake. Others feel as though every book is a learning experience and all should be kept. I am one of them who thinks that all books should be kept in the lesson plans. For example To Kill A Mockingbird. The book that Harper Lee wrote may have some racism in it but the plot is exceptible and the themes can be learned from. Books shouldn't be banned just for a couple minor tifts in the writing. All of us students as we grow older will come into contact with the situations in the unethical books no matter what. So why ban them? Why keep is from learning about life experiences before they happen for real??

    10/12/2009

    Ryan M
    Warren Area High School, Pennsylvania
    I believe schools should not be allowed to ban books. We should be allowed to read any book we want to read and school shouldn't be able to stop us. If the book is being banned for sex, drugs, violence, or language it shouldn't be because those are all part of life. If anything it could probably teach us a lesson.

    10/12/2009

    Erick
    Nimitz, Irving TX
    I believe that the banning of books should be greatly limited. Although there will always be exceptions, books ought to be allowed in all libraries, including school libraries. Our current situation is in discordance with our first Amendment, in which we are granted freedom of press. Because most students have access to all kinds of coarseness through the Internet, I am certain that having books containing violence, religious viewpoints, explicit language, or drug references doesn't expose them to anything new. As long as these books do not promote these things, they should be made available to the public.

    10/12/2009

    Tyler L.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    I don't think that schools should be allowed to ban books for students to read, even though some of these books may contain contain content that some schools feel is controversial. It is the students right to read the books that are being disputed, and and they should not have their choice taken away by a school. All books have educational value, even if the content is considered unsuitable for students. Often these books can often raise awareness to these controversial subjects, sending the message to students on how to live their lives the right way. Banning these books is a violation of the First Ammendment, which tells citizens that they have to right to read whatever they choose. Books should not be banned just because they contain some unsuitable content, because many are well written books.

    10/12/2009

    Hannah C.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    I believe that schools should not be allowed to ban these books. Even though the books may contain violence, sex,and drug references,they were put in our curriculum for a reason. These books have historical information that students need to learn. Also students in highschool are old enough to know whether or not certain books are appropriate for their age. The First Ammendment is the being affected with banning books. People should have to right to read what they please and not have schools ban them because of the content.

    10/12/2009

    Singen B.
    Warren Area High School, PA
    In my opinion, schools should not be allowed to ban books. First of all, this violates our freedom of expression, in this case it takes the form of novels. The idea of these novels containing inappropriate material such as violence, sexually explicit, and drugs is a contradiction to other forms of media. For instance, violence. When you think of the whole context of violence, it is everywhere. Violence is even in sports; but does that mean the school system will ban it? That answer would be no, because within their own justification of said act of violence, it is an “athletic sport“. With the concept of vulgar language, it is not uncommon to hear that sort of thing in everyday life. A banning of a novel because it contains a few foul words would not change a students sophisticated vocabulary, nor would it invoke such words. The issue with “religious viewpoint” again violates the first amendment. Any given individual has the right to express their own thought and in the case of putting it within a book should never be penalized because of it. We as young adults today should be mature enough to determine what we read with it either affecting our lives or not. Books having these kinds of materials may be questionable, but it is open to the reader to interpret the message any book will contain. Lastly, it is the reader’s choice if he or she wished to have read that book or not. Thus, it should not be the school system’s choice of what we are permitted to read. That kind of power would only be exploited and abused.

    10/12/2009

    Sarah G.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    Banning books is an infringement upon the right to freedom. Although schools have an obligation to protect students, they are interfering with our education. A controversial book allows and gives us an opportunity to hear another side of an issue. Other people's opinions should be valued and treated with respect. Having someone tell us what we can and can't read is violating the First Amendment. They are trying to control us too much and we need to be able to make our own choices. This situation reminds me of when Hitler banned and burned books. This is a free country and we should have the right to read whatever we want.

    10/12/2009

    Haley G.
    Warren Area High School, Warren PA
    I feel schools should not be allowed to ban books. I have read a few of those titles as a requirement for a class. If it was a requirement for me, how can it be so bad for other students. Taking away our right to read these books is taking away part of our first admendment. If they did get banned, it wold not stop us from reading these books anyway, and discussing them with our friends in school. Just because they are "considered" unsuitable does not mean they should be allowed to ban them.

    10/12/2009

    NIkki M.
    Nimitz H.S, Irving, Texas
    I strongly believe that schools should not have the right to ban books. It invades our right to freedom and it wouldn't be helping the students imagination grow. Throughout our childhood we have been told that reading is good for us and that if you read a lot that it helps you get smarter. I know, in my opinion, that I wouldn't want anybody to tell me what I can read and what i cant. That would frustrate me, and more likely alot of other students as well. Many students love to read horror, mystery, funny, comics, and adventure. Taking those books away from us just because they have things that "are inapropriate" for us is like taking away our right to have an imagination.

    10/12/2009

    Jami
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    I don't believe schools should be allowed to ban books. First, it would be a violation of the student’s right to freedom of religion, speech, and press; stated in the first amendment. Reading in general can improve students’ scores in all subjects. Most of the books mentioned are for "Young Adults" or high school students. Assuming that the students are mature enough to understand the purpose of the content, and most of the time the explicit content is portrayed in books to advance students education on the specific subject. I honestly don't see a problem, because each of these books have some form of educational value and there’s a specific reason why they were put into the curriculum in the first place. Also, if schools removed these books it doesn’t mean that students won’t still read them. Many students spend there free time reading whatever captures their attention.

    10/12/2009

    Jami
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    I don't believe schools should be allowed to ban books. First, it would be a violation of the student’s right to freedom of religion, speech, and press; stated in the first amendment. Reading in general can improve students’ scores in all subjects. Most of the books mentioned are for "Young Adults" or high school students. Assuming that the students are mature enough to understand the purpose of the content, and most of the time the explicit content is portrayed in books to advance students education on the specific subject. I honestly don't see a problem, because each of these books have some form of educational value and there’s a specific reason why they were put into the curriculum in the first place. Also, if schools removed these books it doesn’t mean that students won’t still read them. Many students spend there free time reading whatever captures their attention.

    10/12/2009

    Garrett S.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, Pa
    I think schools should not be allowed to ban books, but the students should be able choose which books they want to read and not be required to read certian ones. Almost all of the books these days contain some sort of violence, religious viewpoints, and, sex and drug references so even if they do get to choose the books they read it will probably contain some unsuitable content. Violence, religious viewpoints, and, sex and drug references are a part of students everyday lives, so one way or another they will encounter this unsuitable content. The banning of books would be a violation of the First Amendment.

    10/12/2009

    Courtney L.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, Pa
    I will agree that some of the books that students read in school may be unsuitable for certain age levels, but i do not agree that schools should be able to ban books. By banning books, the schools are violating the first amendment. Some people may believe that reading books that include sex, violence, religous viewpoints, drugs and etc. inappropriate for students, but in reality students will face those topics outside of reading in from a book. Many of the books i have read for school are actually very interesting and educational beyond all of the negative references. Not only that but by taking away books for us to read will most likely cause students to not read outside of school which is stopping further education for students.

    10/12/2009

    Jeffrey B
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    Without a doubt books should not be banned by our schools. It is important to understand that there are many different books that all have some type of educational value regardless of the various references considered unsuitable for students. I personally feel that through the first amendment we have the right to read these types of books. Schools should not even think twice of telling us what we can and can't read. Many of these books have historical backgrounds, and also give us opportunities to choose whether or not we agree or disagree with it, without the help of the school.

    10/12/2009

    Kurt P.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    Books can teach valuable lessons or just entertain people. I believe schools should not be allowed to ban books and take away this learning experience along with violating the first amendment. By banning books it is very likely that students are discouraged to read books. Some students only enjoy reading violent books and with these books all banned at school the student will not read. Also many students only have some free time at school that they can spend reading and with many books being banned their reading choice would be greatly limited discouraging them from finding a book and reading. Books being banned can bring way more controversy than if the student was just allowed to read these types of books.

    10/12/2009

    Porscha I.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    I believe that schools should be allowed to ban a book if they feel it is necessary. A schools top priority should be making sure all of the students are learning in the most positive way. If the highly educated administrators think a book is too graphic it should be banned. Many parents are also upset with the fact that some books are being read in schools. Parents would be at ease knowing their child isn't reading about sex, drugs, or violence. Also, if the student truely wanted to read a certain book that was banned, they could easily do so outside of school.

    10/12/2009

    Porscha I.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    I believe that schools should be allowed to ban a book if they feel it is necessary. A schools top priority should be making sure all of the students are learning in the most positive way. If the highly educated administrators think a book is too graphic it should be banned. Many parents are also upset with the fact that some books are being read in schools. Parents would be at ease knowing their child isn't reading about sex, drugs, or violence. Also, if the student truely wanted to read a certain book that was banned, they could easily do so outside of school.

    10/12/2009

    Jenny B
    warren area high school, warren,PA
    I beleive that school should not be able to ban books. The books we read in school have some sort of lesson we learn. These book as they call them teach us something everyday. It may not be about school or work but we put time and good use to them. Books are suppose to be read, not ban from learning mines. By banning book you are teaching us nothing about life. We have the right to read what we want when we want. That is my output on this topic. We the student should have the right to read anything even if it has drugs references or bad language in them. So therefore i beleive books of any type or form should not be banned from school any were.

    10/12/2009

    Jenny B
    warren area high school, warren,PA
    I beleive that school should not be able to ban books. The books we read in school have some sort of lesson we learn. These book as they call them teach us something everyday. It may not be about school or work but we put time and good use to them. Books are suppose to be read, not ban from learning mines. By banning book you are teaching us nothing about life. We have the right to read what we want when we want. That is my output on this topic. We the student should have the right to read anything even if it has drugs references or bad language in them. So therefore i beleive books of any type or form should not be banned from school any were.

    10/12/2009

    Rianna G.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    Banning certain books from school is violating the first amendment. I do not believe schools should have a say in the material students choose to read. If that were the case then it would open the doors to banning other rights given to us in the constitution. Even if schools did go through with this, it would only render the student from reading it in school, not all together. So what is the point? If a person really wants something they will find a way to obtain it.

    10/12/2009

    hayley h.
    warren area high school, warren, pa
    Over the summer I had visited my public library and they were fighting the same idea. Was it right to banish a book because certain people thought it wasn't suitable for people to read. It's our right, by the first amendment to be able to read thoses books. It's the same case with our school library, especially with high school children, books should not be banned. Through out my high school career i have heard that this experience it readying me for my future, for being an adult. If others don't trust me to control over what books I want to read than what's the point on putting so much pressure on students to do the right thing. I think that if I'm required to see something as good or bad by the name of someone elses belief that I'm not making my own choices and that's what part of the high school experience is about. For the unsuitable content, what are they afraid we are going to read; look at some of the tv shows, movies, and what we see on the news. What, just because it's on paper the story is worste than the one on the tv screen?? And if I wanted to read a book I would find a way!

    10/11/2009

    Garret K.
    Warren Area High School, Warren,PA
    I believe that schools should not be allowed to ban books. People will always make a deal out of reading books with unsuitable content. It is our right to read these books, especially if it is in an educated setting. I have read some of these books myself; even if we didn't have to read them as part of a class, i may have read them outside of school anyway. Books are put in the curriculum because they have some sort of educational value. If these books were banned it would a violation of the first amendment and people would have a whole new problem on there hands.

    10/11/2009

    Garret K.
    Warren Area High School, Warren,PA
    I believe that schools should not be allowed to ban books. People will always make a deal out of reading books with unsuitable content. It is our right to read these books, especially if it is in an educated setting. I have read some of these books myself; even if we didn't have to read them as part of a class, i may have read them outside of school anyway. Books are put in the curriculum because they have some sort of educational value. If these books were banned it would a violation of the first amendment and people would have a whole new problem on there hands.

    10/11/2009

    Tara S.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    Although some novels' content may be controversial, I do not think schools should be allowed to ban books. Issues such as violence, sex, and drug references may be present in a book in order to further one's education on the subjects. The issues are always open to interpretation, but the benefit is that students’ opinions can be discussed in a classroom with his or her peers and the teacher. There is always more to a book than just its controversial issues. If one overlooks the subjects that are being so highly debated, then the true elements such as theme, symbolism, and motifs can be concentrated on instead. When a book is banned, the First Amendment is being violated. According to this specific right, a student has the freedom of reading what he or she so chooses. No one should be permitted to ban a book just because it contains some questionable issues.

    10/11/2009

    Nathan
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    No, I do not think that schools should be able to banned book. It is one of our Constitutional Rights to read what we want, and by banning certain books that is breaking one of our rights. We as teenagers are muture enough to take what we read and put it in a positive or negative way. So no i do not think that schools should be able to banned books. We should be able to read what we want or what the teachers want us to read.

    10/11/2009

    Laura P.
    Warren Area High School, Warren/PA
    Schools should not be allowed to ban any book, even if it involves religion, violence, or sex. The most surefire way to encourage students to read a book would be to ban it. Besides, banning books is a violation of our right to "Freedom of the press, religion, speech, etc." There is a reason that is the First Amendment. "To Kill a Mockingbird" deals with our country's history and we should learn about it. They might as well ban history class because of the violence involved in the wars. What has changed between when our parents were in school and now that some of these books were appropriate then but not now? As for other books such as the "Twilight" series, students are old enough to decide whether a book's content will influence their decisions in life.

    10/11/2009

    Valentina
    Nimitz H S, Irving/Tx
    In my opinion, I think schools should be allowed to ban books that are inappropriate, for example books that include offensive language, nudity, suicide, inclined to the occult, sexually explicit and many unsuited things to age group. I know that most teenagers know about these things from outside off school, but why do they have to learn them in schools too. I understand that schools ban books, in order to protect students from any bad influence. I think that books that contain the inappropriate things listed above should not be mandatory to read in class. I wouldn’t like reading these kinds of books, besides there are some great books out there, that don’t contain inappropriate things that are awesome for teaching students everything the teacher is assigned to teach them with a book. These are the reasons why I support the banning of books in schools. Some people might think that banning books in schools, affects the first amendment to the authors, maybe it does, but the books are allowed in public libraries and in stores too. So the authors do have the freedom of press, even thou the books are ban in schools, it does not take away their first amendment completely. I know that the first amendment is affected in a way, for some authors, but it is for a good cost, protection for students.

    10/10/2009

    Alwin J.
    Nimitz, Irving , TX
    As American citizens, we all have the right to exercise the freedom of speech. When books are banned, the rights of the authors who wrote these books are affected.Writing books is a way of expressing their opinions about life and its aspects . Books that contain violence or drug references does not neccessarily have to influence readers into bad habits. People read books because books can either be amusing or thought provoking. But books cannot control human minds. If schools ban books, students will be stopped from being cognizant about the world around them. Books such as "The Kite runner" does contain violence but it does not force a reader to become violent. The book in fact, is a story about how man has to go through violence in order to attain peace. Hence, banning books should not be allowed in schools.

    10/10/2009

    Patricia
    Northeast high, Philadelphila
    If you ask me this question a year ago I think I say, yes, the schools should be allowed to ban books. But I found out how wonderful reading can be. Reading opens up a child mine; you can go to different world when you read. See different people and learn about different culture. It helps us with our vocabulary. By reading we get information about the world around us. We have the right to read what we want in is in the Amendment of the bill of right. By schools banning books there are violating that right and affecting the student’s rights to learn and the freedom to gain knowledge. So I say that the schools shouldn’t be allowed to ban books. We all have the right to open up a book and go on an adventure.

    10/9/2009

    Martha
    Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
    I believe that reading books extends our vocabulary and knowledge. If books are banned, then our constitutional rights stated in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights are violated. This is because the First Amendment gives people “Freedom of speech, press, religion…” which allows us to read whatever books we want. In my opinion, I don’t think that schools should be allowed to ban books because if they do so, they will deprive students from reading books that might seem inappropriate but in reality they’re not. Some books might contain violence, religious viewpoints, drugs or sex, but that is something that readers will eventually read about and besides schools libraries aren’t the only source where people can get books, there are also public libraries and online references, so I don’t see why schools should want to ban books. Personally, I have read Bless Me Ultima, and even though it talks about religion and has some violence, I don’t consider it to be inappropriate because it is just giving examples of everyday life events. It all depends on a person’s view point and what they believe in for them to consider whether or not a book is inappropriate. In conclusion, banning books will affect our rights and deprive us from reading certain information; therefore, schools shouldn’t ban books.

    10/9/2009

    Maggie B.
    Warren Area High School, Warren PA
    First of all, I've read both "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Grapes of Wrath" as part of our school's curriculum requirements. I don't see how one school could possibly outlaw a book that others deem necessary to read. Although they contain violence, racial injustice, sexual references, ect.--it's alot more ethical for students to be discussing these topics in an educational environment under the giudance of a teacher rather than exploring them on their own in much less tasteful literature. Not only that, but banning books is an ourtight voilation of our rights under the first amendment: freedom of speech, press, and religion. Besides, outlawing a book in school would be totally ineffective in the prevention of students reading it... we spend a lot more time out of school, where we are free to read whatever interests us.

    10/9/2009

    Rachel
    Nimitz HS, Irving/TX
    America is all about freedom. The first amendment is freedom of speech, religion, and press. We are a country where you have the freedom to choose how you live your life- that includes what we read. The books we choose are our personal choices. Everything from T.V. to billboards influence us everyday so why censor books? Especially when some of these books are by some of the most favorite writers. In college you read whatever the professor tells you too and it doesn't matter if it is contains drugs, violence, or homosexuality in it. So there is no reason to ban books in school when by the time you get out there won't be any censoring. Violence is in the real world, sex is in the real world, offensive language is in the real world, and the list goes on. It would be stupid to shield students away from what the real world is like, they need to be prepared and aware. And that won't happen if school boards keep creating restrictions for us.

    10/8/2009

    Joel P.
    Nimitz High School, Irving, Tx
    As American citizens, there are inalienable rights that we are all guaranteed. The First amendment protects our rights of freedom, and one of those freedoms are the right to read whatever we want. By banning books, we as students are being over protected. The world is a cruel place, and these books just talk about reality, and it is our right to know what exactly we will face in the world after school. From the start of each students schooling, they are told that reading is a gateway to adventure. This gate is now being shut with closed minded conservatives trying to “protect us.” Sex, drugs, violence, etc. are all just a part of life. It would be better for kids to read and learn about its dangers than actually go out and do them.

    10/8/2009

    Josevin M
    Nimitz, Irving, Tx
    No, schools shouldn't be allowed to ban books. Especially from high school because were a lot older and more matured. We should have the right to read what we want and they shouldn't try to take that away from us. And most of those books help you out in a good way either building your vocabulary and learning new words. So if they ban books there taking away our rights.

    10/8/2009

    Marissa
    Nimitz HS, Irving, TX
    I think it would be extremely wrong to let schools ban books. Banning books would violate almost all of the freedoms in our first amendment which include, as we all know, our freedom of speech, religion, press, etc. When teachers try and get us to read, we don't want to but when we finally do it on our own and find a book that we wouldn't mind getting lost in, they want to take it away. They make it seem as if we've never heard of sex, violence, and drugs before and the language in the books isn't even half as bad as what we scream out in the hallways. Who knows, it may be easier for some people to understand these issues if they read about situations that sound real from these books. If we want to read a book that they banned THAT bad then we could go out, get the book elsewhere, and still bring it to school so it's not like banning would do any good. If any of the students have a problem with the language, violence, or sexual and drug references in a book at their school's library, instead of complaining about it to their parents or administrators all they have to do is magically put the book back on the shelf and find another one. If you don't like it, don't read it.

    10/8/2009

    Tessa E.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    Schools should not be allowed to ban books. The first amendment protects our rights to freedoms. The books in the high school curriculum are there for a reason. They have historical significance and are meant to educate students. Students in high school should be mature enough to read about violence, religion, and sex. It is up to the student to decide how they use the information they gain from reading.

    10/8/2009

    LeAna G
    Nimitz HS, Irving Tx
    Schools should not be able to ban books. If anything they should set an appropriate grade level at which the books can be used for classroom use. Many of these books that are being targeted such as "To kill a mockingbird," have been in the high school curriculum for years and have great meaning behind them. The banning of these books would be a violation of our first constitutional right which is the right to freedom of expression.

    10/8/2009

    LeAna G
    Nimitz HS, Irving Tx
    Schools should not be able to ban books. If anything they should set an appropriate grade level at which the books can be used for classroom use. Many of these books that are being targeted such as "To kill a mockingbird," have been in the high school curriculum for years and have great meaning behind them. The banning of these books would be a violation of our first constitutional right which is the right to freedom of expression.

    10/8/2009

    Lilian
    Nimitz High School , Irving, Texas
    I would understand why schools would want to ban books; some books contain sex, murder, violence, and drugs. They want to protect us, but it is up to us, to make our own decisions. But whether schools approve of it or not, it cannot stop us from being exposed to such things. Its real life. It would be impossible if schools tried to prevent us from reading the books we enjoy reading. That would be against the first amendment which is the right to express our selves. Reading the books we like is a way of expressing our selves.

    10/7/2009

    Katie
    Pryor, Greencastle, Pa
    No, I do not think schools should be allowed to ban books. We should be able to read what we want to read as long as we can judge for ourselves what is appropriate for us. I know books like Gossip Girl and To Kill A Mockingbird have controversial issues like sex, use of language and discrimination (as it was pointed out in the full story), but that is life, whether the schools like it or not. Besides, Gossip Girl is written for teenagers –I have even read some of the books so I know what is in them; it is not any different from what my friends and I say or joke about - so I am not sure what teachers expect us to read when we are too old to be reading books we read when we were in elementary school, and too young and “naïve” to read the terrible, really explicit romance novels and Stephan King stories out there. According to the opening article, it goes against our constitutional rights to read what we want to read, and acceptance of any religion and culture, which was also in the Constitution. We are going to learn about homosexuality and violence sooner or later, so why not have us learn about it in school? Teachers should not pretend that events like that do not happen in the real world, outside of school. Besides, I think teachers should use books like Mockingbird and Huck Finn as a way to educate their students about life from another century or decade and what kind of issues they faced back then. It might educate them and help them understand some of the subject matter better than an hour long lecture or just copying down notes. I know that helps my mom’s students (she is a teacher).

    10/7/2009

    C. G.
    Warren Area High School, Warren, PA
    I believe schools should be able to ban certain types of books. As many people know there are many genres of book; fiction, non-fiction, romance, horror, etc.,but they not be appropriate for school. The "Twilight" series of books is a series of that I believe books bent on romance and that kind of romance is a great book for females to read and is appropriate for school. Now on the other hand books written by Stephen Kings, horror, are to gorey for school use because of the way he explains it. I'm not saying the books are bad, I'm saying they are not appropriate for school. In my case schools should just ban books period because read is a bore to me, but it is good to keep them for learning in class rooms. So in this case keep them is class rooms no for personal use. Sorry!

    10/7/2009

    Tiffany H.
    Warren Area High School, Warren PA
    I don't think they sholud ban any books. First of all reading is a good thing. Reading helps us build our imagination. The book To Kill A Mockingbird is not a bad book. Reading helps us build our vocabulary. One of my constutional rights that is affected when books are banned is the freedom of Expression. This right means that I can read whatever book I want to but when they ban books they are taking that right away.

    10/7/2009

    Nicolette
    Nimitz HS, Irving/TX
    By banning books in school we, the students, are not being trespassed against, but rather the authors of the novels. By banning their novels they are restricting their freedom of speech and press, which alone, should be enough to get an uprising out of anyone. However, I am not saying that all books are suitable for all ages. But who are schools to decide what is okay for someone else to read? It bans a series like "Twilight" because of it's sexually explicit language, but how many teens reading the book will read it's passages without batting an eye, already having experience the said matter themselves? Of course there are going to be those who aren't in this situation, but what difference does that make? It shouldn't make any. If anything, let the parents decide for their own children. Not everyone else's child, including their own, but only their own.

    10/7/2009

    Rebecca
    Nimitz High School, Irving, Texas
    Banning books would not only affect our 1st amendment rights, but also contradict everything we have been told in school. As soon as we were able to go to school, we were told that reading is important. Reading gives us an imagination, it takes us to a new and different place everytime we open a book. Reading takes us on adventures that we would not be able to take other wise. So, why should teachers and parents work so hard to get us to understand how important reading is, if as we grow older they tell us only reading certain books are good? I do agree that certain books should not be in elementary schools when they are meant for high school students eyes. But as long as the books are in the right places for the certain level, students should be able to choose what books they want to read. School boards should not be able to ban books, what is the point anyway? Books are offered in public libraries, book stores, and online. If they really want to remedy the problem they would have to ban questionable books everywhere. By banning books in school, I feel that the schools would be sending the wrong message to students.

    10/7/2009

    Josh R.
    Nimitz, Irving, TX
    In my point of view, I think books shouldn’t be banned, because it would affect our freedom of speech and expression. Students should have the right to read whatever they chose to without anyone taking it away from them. Furthermore, schools shouldn’t also banned books, because they are what we need to increase our vocabulary and strengthen our knowledge. In some cases it can teaches us life morals and lessons about what’s going on in the outside world. Most people enjoy reading novels, because they get attached to what the author is writing about or describing the scene what is happening. In conclusion, banning books would be a terrible idea for the school to do, because I would want to go to a library and check out any book that I want to read without any trouble.

    10/6/2009

    Munira
    Nimitz HS, Irving TX
    Banning books would be the equivalent of burning books. As young children we are constantly told to read. "Reading is an adventure!" posters are plastered at every possible location, encouraging us to explore our world through books. As we grow older, and are more curious, we seek for information about topics that weren't comprehensible when we were in the fourth grade. Banning books because the subject might be considered "innappropriate" isn't helping anyone. If anything, schools should encourage reading, so we are informed and therefore avoid putting ourselves in situations that may have been prevented. Topics such as violence and sex are going to be there, whether schools ban the books or not. So instead of trying to protect us from the world, schools should prepare us for it.

    10/6/2009

    Munira
    Nimitz HS, Irving TX
    Banning books would be the equivalent of burning books. As young children we are constantly told to read. "Reading is an adventure!" posters are plastered at every possible location, encouraging us to explore our world through books. As we grow older, and are more curious, we seek for information about topics that weren't comprehensible when we were in the fourth grade. Banning books because the subject might be considered "innappropriate" isn't helping anyone. If anything, schools should encourage reading, so we are informed and therefore avoid putting ourselves in situations that may have been prevented. Topics such as violence and sex are going to be there, whether schools ban the books or not. So instead of trying to protect us from the world, schools should prepare us for it.

    10/6/2009

    Cristi W.
    Nimitz HS, Irving, Texas
    The constitutional right that is affected when books are banned is the very first amendment. “Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression”. In my opinion, that means freedom to read whatever I want whenever I want. I do not think high schools should be allowed to ban books. I do believe that they should not put books in the library that contain an excessive amount of profanity, or nudity. But a certain amount of truth is necessary for adequate learning. Trying to shield a student from human nature is virtually impossible. Maybe in elementary school or middle school books can be banned, but I would hope high school students are given the benefit of a doubt. I know I'm not learning anything new when I come across a simple cuss word. The words in “To Kill a Mockingbird” are words that were used back then. They may be cruel and they may have negative connotations but they are the truth and they should not be brushed under the rug. At least not to students who are mature enough to handle it. Another thing, religion may not be encouraged in school but it does exist and it shouldn't be hidden away. Ignorance is not bliss, and banning books is encouraging ignorance.

    10/6/2009

    melvin
    Nimitz High School, Irving,TX
    If schools are allowed to ban books, the first amendment of the Constitution will be affected. It's stated that citizens of the United States have the right to freedom of religion, speech and press. This is my main reason to think that school should not ban books. I think it pointless banning books because of what they contain. Everyone wants to read different things and we all like to be inform about “the real world”. If schools ban books, what are we going to read? I know that favorite books among teenagers have religious viewpoint, offensive language, drugs, profanity, sexual explicit and violence. However, reading about this topics makes us more aware of what to expect outside of school. This actually help us to go in the right path and make good decision. When we read, we obtain knowledge. We can decide to use it to our own advantage, by reflecting and doing the opposite of what the book is promoting. I think that if schools ban books, is going to make student not wanting to read that is why I do not agree on schools banning books.

    10/5/2009

    Jackie F
    Nimitz HS, Irving/TX
    For the most part, the administrators of education can't control what you do outside of school; however, it is their job to keep their students safe when they are on their campuses. But being “sheltered” is not necessarily a bad thing. Children are having children, they're doing drugs in the bathrooms of middle school, and bringing weapons to school. If the educational system thinks that banning these books will correct some of the damage that has been done, then let them try it. There are some instances where it's not an issue of protecting the kids, but rather appeasing parents or activist groups who take offense at books, such as “To Kill A Mockingbird” when the book is only being historically accurate.

    10/5/2009

    Elizabeth Q
    Nimitz High School, Irving, Texas
    Banning books would affect our rights that are found in the first amendment. I don't think that school boards should be allowed to ban books because they would ban the books that are inappropriate in their opinion. If something offends them, but really isn't inappropriate in the general public's opinion, then children would be deprived of reading a potentially very informative book. Also, children can get books from their local library or a bookstore, not just at their schools, so banning books at schools wouldn't do much good. While I do believe that some books are not appropriate for certain age groups, banning books would not even put a dent in the problem of children being exposed to sexually explicit material, violence, and drug references that are found in their everyday lives. Children are more exposed to these things through movies, television shows, and even commercials than they are through the books they read, so banning books is not the best solution to the problem of children being exposed to these things too early in life.

    10/4/2009

    Francesca S
    Northeast High School, Philadelphia, PA
    No, i do not agree with banning books in school based on their religious view points, violence, drug references etc. I do not agree because who are the schools to say what we students can and can not read. Its not like the school is promoting gun violence and drugs by carrying books that talk about those specific subjects. As a high school student I am constantly hearing how teachers, administration and staff are preparing you for the "real world", well how are they preparing us by keeping us sheltered from reading about everyday realistic situations. Maybe in Elementary and Middle schools books should be to the appropriate age, but once you reach high school you should be able to read what you want when you want.

    10/3/2009

    mariah03 frank5
    Northeast Hs., Philadelphia
    It is very interesting why they ban some books and for the reasons they do it. If you think about it, each and everyone of us are exposed to violence, drugs and explicit language in our everyday lives. I understand that the schools would like to keep us sheltered from all those things, but it's just inevitable for us to experience it. I do appreciate that they want to steer us in the right way with the right influences, its just pointless to ban the books. If the students can't them in school they are bound to get them somewhere else. They would get them from city libraries or even purchase them from stores. If schools were to look at that, they would save time in trying to ban certain books.

    10/3/2009

    Cory
    Nimitz, Irving, TX
    When books are banned, it takes way our freedom of speech. We aren't able to express what we want to. Overall, schools should not ban books. When people read, their knowledge grows and grows. Even though there might be sexuality, profanity, violence, religious viewpoints, and drug references, sometimes it just makes us aware of what is in the real world after we graduate. It teaches us what inadequate, ignorant actions there are that we need to avoid. Furthermore, if books were banned where would we go for information, the internet. Let me point out that the internet is not always true. There could be false information, and then students would start to get bad grades because they aren't learning. On that note, I believe that none of the books in schools' libraries should be banned.

    10/2/2009

    mark
    greencastle HS, greencastle/PA
    The schools decision to ban books in my opinion is wrong. To ban a book because it contains racial terms or offensive language is ridiculous. Deciding if a piece of writing material is “appropriate” is completely a personal preference. How can you define what is wrong to hear or what’s right to read? You cant, everyone has their own opinion and thoughts of what should and should not be read. If the book delivers a point and provides an understanding of a concept there is no reason to ban the novel, even if it contains racial terms, so what? The point is that the U.S was and still is a biased nation, by exempting the book because of racial slurs, etc it would be taking away our civil liberties and censorship would prevail.

    10/2/2009

    Jake
    Greencastle Antrim High School, Greencastle/Pennsylvainia
    I believe that banning books in school is wrong. It is violating freedom of expression to read whatever you want. I’m not necessarily saying the schools must agree with the books that children are reading. But they should not put a ban on such books. Most of these books are great books and have meaning behind them, such as “To Kill a Mockingbird”. With all of the bad ideas in the news and other media, reading a book containing drug references is the last thing that many concerned parents or school administrators should be worried about.

    10/2/2009

    Jake
    Greencastle Antrim High School, Greencastle/Pennsylvainia
    I believe that banning books in school is wrong. It is violating freedom of expression to read whatever you want. I’m not necessarily saying the schools must agree with the books that children are reading. But they should not put a ban on such books. Most of these books are great books and have meaning behind them, such as “To Kill a Mockingbird”. With all of the bad ideas in the news and other media, reading a book containing drug references is the last thing that many concerned parents or school administrators should be worried about.

    10/2/2009

    Evan
    Greencastle- Antrim HS, Greencastle, PA
    Books like The Perks Of Being A Wallflower are being banned because schools think it is inappropriate because it references drugs, homosexuality, and is sexually explicit. Banning books is absolutely ridiculous, especially in school. Reading should be promoted by a school, not banned. Banning books in school is a clear violation of the 1st amendment . Freedom of expression is clearly violated when a student cannot read a book because the school feels it is inappropriate. I could understand a movie but a book is affecting nobody but the reader. Books can teach people a lot and should be promoted not looked down upon.

    10/2/2009

    Ruth T.
    Northeast High School , Philadelphia,PA
    For the Schools to ban books is really a bad idea because "To Kill A Mockingbird" is one of the best high school story books that we have to read. If what Moraita B. is saying about the books been banned because of race I think they should choose a group of students with different race should come together and choose a book for the follow high school students.

    10/1/2009

    Jose R.
    Nimitz, Irving, Texas
    The answer is clearly no. Books are part of our freedom of speech. Books are not the only thing we get that unsuitable stuff. If they ban books then they will go on a rampage and ban movies, tv shows, video games and any forms of entertainment. You can't block one medium of inappropriate stuff and let the other mediums go through with no problems. Either ban everything and take away our freedom of speech or let us have the rights that we are entitled to by the constitution.

    10/1/2009

    Andrew
    Greencastle Antrim Highschool, Greencastle PA
    I do not agree with banning books myself. Most of the time, I simply believe that people just ban books because they do not agree with the ideals inside of the story. (Which it states in this article that people cannot ban them from a school library just because they do not like them) I am open-minded and am willing to see different ideas and viewpoints. If one understands the difference between what is right and is wrong and shows it through his or her actions not by what he or she reads then why ban books? I also agree with Moraita on two of her opinions. Banning books takes away the author’s freedom of speech and I do not believe that they should not be taken away for any reason unless someone gets hurt. Banning books is a violation of the first amendment So, far, I have not seen a single entry that is pro book ban, however that may change by the time this message is posted.

    10/1/2009

    Carrie
    Greencastle-Antrim High School, Greencastle, PA
    Schools should not be allowed to ban books. Ray Bradbury was dead-on in Fahrenheit 451 when people were not allowed to read at all or else they were killed. In a way, I am afraid that will be where society is heading. It takes away our freedom to read what we want. Schools already censor how we dress and act just simply because “it is a distraction”. Students, such as myself, who love books, especially classics, are outraged because it is mostly the popular classics that get banned. The more popular a book is, the more controversial it becomes. Twilight, for instance, was probably never challenged until it gained sudden popularity. For my British Literature class, I did an entire research paper on why Harry Potter should not be banned, and if you ban one book for witchcraft and wizardry, then to be fair to J.K. Rowling, all containing witchcraft would have to be banned. According to the article, one reason why books are challenged is because of language. Well, I would rather read someone screaming vulgar language in a book rather than having to hear my best friend (in the middle of class) spitting out the same profanity every other word. Besides, it is uneducated people like this who do not have the ability to handle books containing the material. It should be up to the parents to decide what their children are allowed to read, not the school. Furthermore, parents cannot control what the school libraries allow and do not. If we ban books simply for racism, homosexuality, explicit language, sexual content, etc, then would not we be banning practically every book ever written? Oh, wait, they might let us read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Or, maybe that will be banned next. It might send us the message that over-eating and obesity are okay.

    10/1/2009

    Valarie G.
    Nimitz HS, Irving,TX
    I think that schools should not ban books because it violates our freedom of speech as well as our freedom to express our individuality. When I read a book, Eragon for example, I am in another world. It contains romance, fighting, and fictional characters that give me a sense that there is something outside my daily life. It is what gives me my imagination and all of that will go away. If they ban these types of books, then it will not stop me from reading them because I get them elsewhere. They already tell us what kind of clothes to wear, and etc. They should not be able to tell us what we can or cannot read.

    10/1/2009

    Priscilla
    Nimitz, Irving, Texas
    It is absurd to even consider banning books. "Where books are burned, in the end, people will be burned, too." If we ban certain ideas from school libraries, where else are they to be banned? Will students no longer be able to converse on faith, race, and sexuality in the hallways and classrooms? If we ban freedom from one aspect of our lives, we risk banning freedom in all aspects of our lives. If parents have personal issues with a book, they can discuss it with their child.

    9/30/2009

    Alaina
    Kentlake HS, Kent, WA
    No, I don't think school should be able to ban books! It's a violation of our rights to read what we want to read. If they think we shouldn't be reading something, take it up with the parents.

    9/30/2009

    Min Li
    Northeast High School, PHILA, PA
    I dont agree to ban books. Because in the school, we all have our brain, we know what we want to read, but not decided by the school.If school bans books, it sounds like they have doult on our ability to judge.

    9/30/2009

    Moraita B.
    Northeast High School, Philadelphia PA
    I totally agree with Min Li. Even though some books may have offensive subjects, schools ban books for stupid reasons. I believe as teenagers and independent thinkers, we should have a right chose to choose our own reading material. When books are banned, it takes the owner's right of freedom of speech to anyone. Maybe some authors write books just for teens but then schools just go and ban them! I was so shocked when I found out "To Kill a Mocking Bird" was banned! Even though that book was taken off the banned list, the reason it was put there in the first place is because the people who banned it were racist and ignorant, including the school system. The only reason I think a school should interfere with a book is if a book brings harm to someone reading it or someone around someone reading it, which happens, sometimes...

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