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Should Books Be Banned?

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Started: 3/16/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 8 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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aperez9701

Con

"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear," said Judy Blume author of novels for children and young adults. Some people believe that banning books can be a very bad, horrible thing. Others believe that banning books can be a good thing because of the language, content or even the topics used. In reality books can teach us, banning books takes away our freedom and books can change the world"the power of books is the incredible. Schools should, therefore, not be allowed to ban books.
ThePiranha

Pro

Books are an ancient way of increasing your vocabulary, intelligence, and general world understanding, but that does not mean that they are all beneficial to a child's mind. For example, say you (at age six) see a book similar to a Stephen King novel (notorious for scary and detailed violence) in your school library and decide to check it out. You then read it and, influenced by the inappropriate content in the book, are unable to stop thinking about how Lynn Davis (not real book character) was beaten up and left for dead. I dare say that not one of you holding the opposing viewpoint would argue with me if I said "Six year old children should not be exposed to vivid descriptions of beatings and torture", so why are you arguing that children should be exposed to any and all content in books (including beatings and torture). This six year old has been negatively impacted by violence in books and probably will never forget this book because of how traumatic the experience of reading it was. In saying that books should never be banned, you are saying that a six year old (or even younger) should have unlimited access to the world of inappropriate, vulgar, and violent media in the world. As stated by my debate partner, books can teach us, and their power is incredible, however my partner failed to acknowledge that the incredible power of books can change someone just as negatively as it ever could positively.
Debate Round No. 1
aperez9701

Con

When people ban books, it takes away our freedom. No one should be able to decide what we can and can not read. It should be up to our parents. Parents should be the ones deciding what we can and can not read not just one person who believes that the book in inappropriate, it's taking away our freedom. Also, banning books says that some ideas should not be said, published or even read by some people. Thus meaning, writers are taken away their freedom of speech and expressing what they feel. The first amendment says that we have the freedom of speech, that includes that we can read and write books that may be censored because of the content. Because of this amendment, many people feel that banning books is wrong and takes away our freedom. Banning books can take away our freedom that is in the first amendment, it's a right that is guaranteed to us. The people who ban books are doing us wrong, they're trying to take away our right from the first amendment.
ThePiranha

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
aperez9701

Con

Books allow us to learn they teach us new things all the time. They can teach us history, vocabulary, social skills and the different perspectives of people. If books were banned, we would never be able to learn these things. "It teaches us that reality is ambiguous, that human beings are fallible and are guided by basically the same instincts and insecurities." From the article What Novels Teach Us About Life. Books teach us that authors and everyone else can also feel the same way you can feel even when you think no one can feel this way, books let us know that they do. It is important to know, that books inspire, advocate, unite, entertain and teach us compassion. Because of the fact that books are being banned, we will not be able to learn how to do these things . With books being banned all the time they will not be able to teach us anything.
ThePiranha

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
aperez9701

Con

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ThePiranha

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
aperez9701

Con

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ThePiranha

Pro

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