I don't recall there being any banned books when I was in school, but then again I'm old. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was great, I bought it several years back because it looked interesting.
I think I am most upset about seeing Huck Finn and Catcher in the Rye on the list. Two of my favorites. I can understand the language used is not something we want to teach children to use or repeat but it is something that happened. These books represent a time in the US's history and should not be banned. It should open up discussions.
I find the funniest of all banned books to be:
I'm surprised it wasn't banned for having naughty words period!Quote:
American Heritage Dictionary (1969)
In 1978, an Eldon, Missouri library banned the dictionary because it contained 39 "objectionable" words. And, in 1987, the Anchorage School Board banned the dictionary for similar reasons, i.e., having slang definitions for words such as "bed," "knocker," and "balls."
When I was younger if a book was on the banned list I would make a point of reading it. I read almost all the books on the permission slip bookshelf when I was in middle school.
I'm surprised Alice in Wonderland wasn't on the list. It's on most. But banned books is partially the reason children today don't know who Tom Sawyer and Huck finn are. If they aren't exposed to those characters they don't care to visit TSI hence the neccesity of change.
The problem with books is that they can give people ideas, and ideas are dangerous. I dislike censorship in all its forms. I dislike the editing of movies for TV, the banning of books, or the way some songs are edited for radio. Thank goodness for the freedom of speech.
I remember even in my senior year of honors English we had to have a permission slip signed to read some of the novels. It was pretty ridiculous, seeing as most of the students had read the books before.
Actually, most of the books I read during high school are on that list. Ironic.
Actually.... I had a parent (in my first year of teaching..was a 5th grade classroom), that absolutely went off on me for reading Harry Potter... (all the other parents and admin were fine with it)....
AND the reason was..."because of when they kill the unicorn and cut off it's head and Harry Potter drinks the blood." :???: (Wot the?) When I asked her to show me WHERE in the book that was.. she told me that she didn't read the book and would never read the book and that her Pastor told her congregation about it. :???::blink::blink::blink:
As a result of this ONE parent's tirade, the entire school was unable to attend a free-screening of HP as she went to the board and felt "we need to protect the souls of these children." :!$#%:
(Thank goodness I was only there one year). At the school I am at now, we have LOTS of those "banned" books on the shelves and if a parent doesn't want the child to read them, they merely notifiy the librarian and the child can't check them out.
I read the classics to my kids all the time (Special Ed K-8th) We have read Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz series, and just started on the 1921 Dr. Doolittle series. (In Dr. Doolittle, the only thing I had to censor was a derogatory name for african americans -begins with "n." This wasn't used in a degoratory way in the book, but was used as a term instead of native peoples, etc." One of the unfortunate terms of the time. We discussed the word (as my kids would look through the book), why it was used, and now how can we work around it when we read. We decided as a class to substitue a much nicer word and my kids decided to use the term "the people" ("Cause aren't t we all just people anyways? - their rational! ) :thumbup: (LOVED IT!!)...and we went on to enjoy the book.
But Miss Violet...I agree with you completely. And as you can see, banned books are a HUGE complaint of mine!!!:verymad:
I use it to my advantage when I teach High School. As soon as I mention a text is banned in some areas...the wonder of 'taboo' subjects gets the kids to read and read fast.
So anyone who 'bans' a book, might do more by not saying anything.