Rather than using their positions as legislators to exert governmental power where local control and educational expertise are more appropriate, I encourage legislators to leave the work of book selection or rejection to the expertise of educators and librarians.
Florida bill would make banning books easier; New Jersey lawmakers propose resolution asking schools not to teach ‘Huckleberry Finn’; In Y.A., where is the line between criticism and cancel culture?
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has boycotted a local bookstore, bringing intellectual freedom and censorship discussions to light.
I must admit that I am concerned with the current trend of attempting to censor or ban children’s books that are not in keeping with one’s political or historical beliefs. I can understand that some books are wrong, outdated or even incorrect. I myself am often not happy with the salacious or overly violent content of some of the books in my library, but my job is to educate my students and to support their First Amendment rights.
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