Parents cited sex scenes and references to rape, abuse and abortion. In emails and at meetings, parents said high school students should not be exposed to some of the hardships and controversies of adulthood.
Another day, another seven books banned at a school district. But this article stuck out to me for two reasons.
First, this quote: "Aimee Simms, another parent, urged the English Department to use classics rather than young adult books that ‘dumb down’ literature." Thanks, Aimee Simms! Always a pleasure!
And then this quote from Jeannette Walls, author of “The Glass Castle” and the keynote speaker for the school district’s annual literary festival next February: "What I worry is that in order to protect [the students], we may be taking away the tools they need to protect themselves later on."
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the problem with book banning in schools is not that the books are banned, it’s the reasons the books are declared “banned” in the first place. Sexual abuse, the cycle of poverty, racism, etc. are issues that kids face in their lives. When a ground of adults come together and say that these subjects are too improper or immoral to even discuss, the message they send to kids dealing with these very issues is that their lives don’t matter, that their problems are so shameful that even through a fictional lens, they can’t be discussed in a public forum with their peers. It negates kids’ experiences, and worse, keeps them from speaking up or asking for help.