We are called upon and encouraged to read. Reading is said to add knowledge.
Therefore, no matter what kind of reading we want to read, it is better to let someone want to read.
This includes reading books that are banned or prohibited.
Reading banned books gives us, our families or anyone else the opportunity to celebrate reading and promote open access to ideas, both of which are key to lifelong readers.
Why do some people inadvertently forbid reading or banned books?
Often it is for religious or political reasons: The ideas, scenes, or characters in the book offend their religion, moral sense, or political views.
Some people feel they need to protect the reader from condemnation, morally offensive behavior, or language that is not sensitive to racism in a book.
Or they may consider the content of the book too vicious or too sexual.
The Civil War novel The Bad Badge of Courage was banned for graphic depiction of war.
Who forbids or forbids us to read these books?
Parents, members of the Board of Education, individuals, groups - yet what is considered offensive may depend on a particular era or community.
As argued by the ALA, these challenges pose a threat to freedom of speech and choice - freedom that is highly valued by society and should be defended.
Some good reasons for us to read banned books are:
Today's anxiety is a classic for tomorrow. Original work pushes the boundaries in topics, themes, plots, and structures. What is surprising today can be used in language classes, five or 10 years from now if it has real literary performance.
There is more to the book than swearing terms in it. Many books have been banned because the use of language is said to affect your life before or soon.
Even a little humor also causes people to ask for a ban. The character of the language can add realism to the story, or it may seem unpleasant or disturbing, but you can certainly judge the good and the bad.
We want a suitable book. Prohibited books are often related to realistic, timely and topical subjects.
Young people may find the character traversed precisely, which makes it a powerful reading experience and helps readers solve thorny problems such as grief, divorce, sexual assault, bullying, prejudice, and sexual identity.
The compelling teen rebel story in The Outsiders book has been banned, yet many high school students refer to it as a book that transforms them into readers.
The controversial book is a kind of virtual reality. Exploring complex topics such as sexuality, violence, substance abuse, suicide, and racism through well-described characters allows us to reflect on the morals and aspects of the wider human condition, build empathy for people who are not like them, and perhaps find a mirror of experience. their own.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a story that opened the eyes of African American families who faced racism in the 1930s Mississippi, but it was banned for racist insults.
They will start a conversation. What do people consider so disturbing in a book that they want to ban it, and to what extent is it a product of its time or does it violate social norms of its time? For example, Harry Potter was banned by people who felt he was promoting magic.
Reading a challenging book is a learning experience and can help us determine their own values and opinions about the content.