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Why We Should Unban Banned Books

Broken Bureaucracy or Bountiful Bastion?
Why We Should Unban Banned Books
Books from Mrs. Hyde’s English class novels that have been banned (Mrs. Hyde)

Happy Banned Book Week!

Here’s a quick fact for you: there are 3,362 book bans currently in place, affecting 1557 unique titles, according to The most common reasons are complaints of graphic violence, expressing disrespect for parents and family, being sexually explicit, exalting evil, lacking literary merit, being unsuitable for a certain age group, or including offensive language. This censorship has applied to many books over the years, including classics such as Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Proponents say that parents have the right to protect their child from any material they view obscene, with writer Macey France saying, “opting your child out of reading [a certain] book doesn’t protect him or her. They are still surrounded by the other students who are going to be saturated with this book.”

Since schools and libraries are primarily funded by community donations and local and state taxes, it is argued that the public can decide what goes on their bookshelves. They often claim that children should not be exposed to sex, violence, or other inappropriate topics in schools or public libraries.

Opponents emphasize the first amendment rights of students and their parents. They argue that students and parents that do approve of the content should still be allowed to read said books.

At PHS, almost all of the books assigned to Mrs. Hyde’s classes have been banned at one time or another.  Currently, she has Wanted posters hanging on her bookshelves, displaying the books and the reasons they’ve been banned in some school districts.


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Hi! My name's Alix Bennett, and I like frogs (hence the frog hat🐸). I am currently a high school student here at Palestine High School as well as a dual credit student at LTC, and a summer volunteer at George Rogers Clark National Historic Park. I want to be an ecologist, as well as a writer and artist on the side. My favorite artist is Pidgin Dolls, and my favorite musicians are Penelope Scott, cavetown, and Skydxddy. I'm a Neopagan, which means my religion is based on natural cycles and the spirits thereof. My pronouns are She/Her. I'm a huge Pokemon and DnD fan, and I love learning about all kinds of things, such as frogs, insects, mushrooms, frogs, plants, geology, frogs, space, history, frogs, and other subjects. And also frogs. I like frogs. I want to be needlessly kind. If people can needlessly hate strangers, I can needlessly love strangers.

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