Is Censorship Really A Negative Thing? Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

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Each year, someone is guilty of challenging a book while others are guilty of banning novels from the classroom. The question remains, is censorship necessarily a negative thing? Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a novel that has caused havoc and controversy within the education system. While some critics argue Speak should be “hidden” from students, many believe otherwise. At a glance, this novel contains scenes involving issues of drugs, parents that are disengaged in their child 's life, sexuality, and rape. It may seem understandable that it has been challenged throughout the past, however, while reading this novel, these specific scenes introduce a student to much more than just “inappropriate content.” By censoring this novel from the classroom, one is sheltering students from learning the harsh realities and tragic events within the real world. Speak has been challenged several times since first published in October of 1999. One critic, Wesley Scroggin’s has been mentioned in many articles, including Laurie Halse Anderson 's. Scroggin’s is an associate professor of management at Missouri State University, who publicly voiced his opinion loudly in his article, “Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education” stating why the novel should not be taught. Scroggin explains in reference to Speak that, “In high school English classes, children are required to read and view material that should be classified as soft pornography” (Andersen). Scroggin was not the only one to…

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