Why We Want Parents to Try to Ban Books

I don’t know that I agree with this article from The Atlantic, but it’s an interesting take on book banning that I’ve never heard before:

“Of course, we’d never want America’s librarians to cave to parents’ challenges. We don’t want The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, or even ttyl and the Twilight series to be yanked from library shelves. But when parents complain about what their children read, it shows that books are doing their jobs: affecting young readers so much that they are transformed. It’s scary to think of books being removed from libraries because they’re controversial. But it’s even scarier to think of a country where books are so irrelevant, parents don’t even care enough to complain.”


One Response to "Why We Want Parents to Try to Ban Books"

  • Book banning is an archaic idea created by conservatives who want people to remain ignorant of ideas. Just like religious leaders wouldn’t allow people to read the Bible for hundreds of years because they could interpret it differently. Reading is a fundamental right for anyone that can read. It opens the mind, it helps people learn and we have to trust our children to process information. If they don’t understand something, they need to be able to ask their parents about it. It comes back to how parents raise their children. Blocking any kind of creativity, knowledge, or language skills isn’t helpful.
    In fact, I learned many words (spelling and definition) from reading comic books as a kid. Some parents “ban” their kids from reading them! How wrong is that?

    1 Rob Gutro said this (April 20, 2010 at 5:12 AM)