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PeckyLilDucko
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watziznehm
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Schools shouldn't be able to ban books from their librarys

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Started: 8/16/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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PeckyLilDucko

Pro

Some schools may decide that certain books regarding mental illness, Sexual orientation, Disease, War, Or other troubling topics. However this is preventing students from accessing books they may be extremely interested in without spending large amounts of money on the books.
watziznehm

Con

Thanks for creating this debate. Good luck to you.
Here is my argument, Then.
1. Kids from lower grades are exposed to content way above their age level.
2. Some books openly spread inappropriate messages, Or have false information.
3. Regarding Argument #2, These books are considered as gospel by students which leaves them misinformed.
4. The issue of such books to children may lead to children getting some information which they should only be getting from higher-grade textbooks.
5. This may lead to the pollution of the minds of children who are carried away by these things.
Debate Round No. 1
PeckyLilDucko

Pro

Restrictions should be put in place regarding the exposure younger children have, To prevent them from unintentionally finding content innapropriate to them, However if they have a legitimate interest in the topic of the book, They should not be unable to read them. If there is genuine concern teachers have the ability to contact their guardians.
Some books do spread misinformation and if managed correctly teachers can make students aware of this so they know that the information they are consuming is false.
Reading is a vital part of growing up, And children are much more likely to read things they are interested in. Not giving them the ability to do this in a place designed for education seems absurd
watziznehm

Con

Thanks for this counter. I'd like to state that more often than not, Children are "interested" in content that contains violence or hate. The teachers of a school may contact the parents of a child upon discovering that said child has successfully fed themselves such information and yet the damage is already done. I don't see any method other than brainwashing to get rid of such information.
Point #2. If these restrictions are not enforced correctly, Young children will still get past them or use their seniors to get books that are inappropriate for their own age.
Point #3. Some books may appear to be for kids but have inappropriate content. The school may not be able to see through this and thus, Young children can still access such content.
Look forward to R3.
Thanks,
K. A. Petros
Debate Round No. 2
PeckyLilDucko

Pro

If children are truly interested in something, They will find ways to access it, And even if this content contains violence/hatred, This does not necessarily mean that the child will be violent/hateful. We have no right to stop them from reading anything they have an interest in.
Young children will often be too intimidated by seniors to interact with them, And the seniors should be able to understand not to get the books out for them if they truly see a problem. While some books may appear appropriate for children and are not, If the school was actually concerned enough to put a system in place, They would be sure to check the books carefully.
Reading is incredibly important to help build a strong vocabulary, Reading things you're interested in can potentially help give you vital knowledge regarding the field of work you may enter later in life. Therefore if children are able to access these things it may lead to them getting greater quality of work through adulthood
watziznehm

Con

When hateful content, Homophobia, Violence and a bunch of other things are involved that just ain't your line of work unless you're going to repeal a law that defends gays etc.
Seniors may not take action to correct their juniors or may not see a problem where there is one. And there comes the problem: senior students may not take corrective or preventive action. So we should ban some books as we deem fit. We have every right to ensure that our children remain children till such time as they must learn about these things.
It's been a great debate.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Louis_McFall 3 years ago
Louis_McFall
literally no one uses the library to gain knowledge. In secondary school you are forced to read a book and no one want to do so. Also you won't be caught dead reading books about mental illness or Sexual orientation. No one want these books anyway and if you wanted to read about the topics you listed you can do so using google and you don't have to pay "10 because you lost the book.
Posted by John_Eaton 3 years ago
John_Eaton
It is a violation of free speech to ban books that schools disagree with.
Posted by FireFantom 3 years ago
FireFantom
Unless there is an understandable reason to ban a book, I believe that pupils should be able to read freely.
Posted by canis 3 years ago
canis
Things are banned on youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Religions, Schools, Tv. . And and. . . And. . . But it should not. . . Unless it is fake news. .
Posted by LoveRichardDawkins 3 years ago
LoveRichardDawkins
What about books that deny the holocaust or openly spread hatred?
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