Censorship And Its Effect On The Advancement Of A Student 's Relationship With The World

1588 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” This excerpt from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, ironically one of the most frequently banned books, euphorically captures the powerful ability of books to allow readers to immerse themselves in a multitude of diversified people and scenarios. Literature has the unique capability to affect its readers by exposing them to situations that help them see different aspects of the world, while also increasing the depth in which they view people. Books provide an outlet for writers to bring to light issues plaguing society and for readers to become informed about problems surrounding their lives. Therefore, the banning of books in schools and libraries across the country has a detrimental effect on the advancement of a student’s relationship with the world because it censors imperative information about matters such as racism, oppression, and sexism in society, which affects the rights students have as Americans and the way they interact with the world. Censorship leaves students with an inadequate and distorted picture of the ideals, values, and problems of their culture (ascd.org). This denial of information prevents future generations from forming their own opinions and coming up with solutions to these prevalent problems. One of the biggest objections that comes with communities banning books is the fact that it violates a…

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