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Should schools be able to ban certain books?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/10/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Schools should NOT be able to ban books. Banning books goes against our first amendment: freedom of expression. I feel as though librarians and teachers should be able to use common sense and not add certain books to the library/class in the first place, but once the book is there, it should be there for good. Parents should also monitor what their children are reading, but they shouldn't have the power to ban it from everyone. Book banning promotes the idea that one person's opinion is the only right and acceptable opinion. Society needs to learn to accept others opinions. A horrible book in your opinion may save someone else's life.


I think some books should be banned in schools because some books just are not suitable for children and teens. Sexual content to the extreme is not okay at all for ages 0-12. I personally do not think book banning goes against the first amendment because it is protecting Americas children from being scarred for life. If you had a young child and their school had a book such as 50 Shades of Grey, how would you feel?
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Posted by ThatLezChick 2 years ago
The OP was saying that the school shouldn't buy books that shouldn't be in the school but once a book is in the library then they shouldn't have to remove it because of complaining parents.
Posted by ViceRegent 2 years ago
How silly. Of course schools not only should ban certain books, but it is absolutely necessary. No school has the budget or the room to put on its shelves every book ever written. Thus, they must ban some books. Duh.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con wins because they made a compromise for the problem at hand: Adult supervision of their own children, as well as librarians choosing appropriate books for their schools. Obviously 50 Shades of Grey is not going to make it to an elementary school whether it is banned or not.