Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. … Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from ‘inappropriate’ sexual content or ‘offensive’ language.Oct 15, 2021
The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom: the material was considered to be “sexually explicit” the material contained “offensive language” the materials was “unsuited to any age group”
For teachers, book banning means shaky, ever-changing curriculum, fear for personal choices, and the tragedy of self-censorship. For students, book banning means a denial of First Amendment rights, a narrow world view, and psychological deficits. For the classroom, book banning means discourse is hindered.
Book banning, a form of censorship, occurs when private individuals, government officials, or organizations remove books from libraries, school reading lists, or bookstore shelves because they object to their content, ideas, or themes.
The Legal Standard for Banning Books
The Supreme Court set the standard for banning books in 1982 (Island Trees School District v. Pico). … However, school officials may remove a book from a school library if it is inappropriate for the children of the school.
”1984” is a political statement. … ”1984” portrays a world divided between three States, each of them sovereign and under totalitarian rule. Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia are not countries in the traditional sense of the world, they are conglomerates of power in which infallible and all-powerful Big Brothers rule.
Religious debates over the Harry Potter series of books by J. K. Rowling are based on claims that the novels contain occult or Satanic subtexts. … The books have been banned from all schools in the United Arab Emirates. Religious responses to Harry Potter have not all been negative.
In addition to taking children out of their comfort zones, banned books can often teach valuable lessons about identity, tolerance, or even freedom. For example, the book The Art of Racing in the Rain teaches readers a valuable lesson about the grieving process.
Among the results: Banned books did not predict GPA or violent/non-violent crime. GPA was predicted by increased reading for pleasure, but not required school reading. Banned books are associated with increased civic behavior (doing good for society) and low risk of antisocial behavior.
The classic dystopian novel “1984” by George Orwell was challenged in 1981 in Jackson County, FL because the book was “pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter.”
The Communist Manifesto – Marx and Engels
The Manifesto was issued by Marx in 1848, and is regarded as founding document of Communism. Since its publication this book has been banned, burned and censored in many capitalist countries because of its political content.
Since its publication in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451 has been censored and banned in several schools in the United States. Over the years, certain schools have banned the novel for its “vulgarity” and using the Lord’s name in vain.
After a public outcry, both companies agreed to stop those sales to addresses in Germany. In March 2020 Amazon banned sales of new and second-hand copies of Mein Kampf, and several other Nazi publications, on its platform.
The law requires that if a book is to be removed, an inquiry must be made as to the motivation and intention of the party calling for its removal. If the party’s intention is to deny students access to ideas with which the party disagrees, it is a violation of the First Amendment.
Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is characterised by lucid prose, biting social criticism, total opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, the K-State Book Network’s 2018-2019 Common Read, has been banned and challenged becasue it features elements of police brutality, profanity, racism, drug use and violence.
According to the American Library Association, Harry Potter is the most banned book in the United States, and has also been banned from private schools in the UAE, and largely criticized by the Iranian government’s press.
The Roman Catholic Church has long published the Index Librorum Prohibitorum or list of prohibited books. These are books viewed as heretical, or contrary to the morality of the Church. Catholics are forbidden to read these without permission.
It was ranked #38 on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999. This book has been banned from some schools and libraries because of the portrayal of gang violence, underage smoking and drinking, strong language/slang, and family dysfunction.
2013. Challenged for drugs, alcohol, smoking, being sexually explicit, suicide, and being unsuited for age group.
Drama has been challenged by some parents and critics for being “sexually explicit“, for having “subject matter too advanced for elementary students.” and for “promoting the homosexual agenda”. … In Texas, Drama was banned three years consecutively between 2014 and 2018.
Books should never be banned for any reason. If the subject matter of a book is objectionable, then don’t read it. … There is no reason to ban a book. Some books may be too explicit or disturbing for young children, but generally, they will not even choose such a book.
One of the main reasons for 1984’s resurgence is nostalgia. … They then bring their memories and nostalgia for that relative innocent era to their movies and TV series set in 1984. However, while 1984 seems like a “simpler time” compared to 2019, 1984 was very much a tumultuous year.
Because “1984” offers insight to those under the leadership of oppressive regimes, this book has been banned and even burned. This censorship began with Stalin in the 1950s. Recently, China banned all copies of “1984” in their country.
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