Banned Book Week Poll

I know Banned Book Week was soooooo last week, but if you have a chance head over to The Canary Review for my post there.

And vote in the poll!!


6 thoughts on “Banned Book Week Poll

  1. I LOVE the graph, the scientific approach to the debate. It was a relief to see that “religious” censors were not all that high on the list. Those are the ones that get my goat. I voted and shared on FB. Well written indeed!

      • Kids mostly need parents to talk to them about whatever they read/hear/see on the media. I told my kids that they were going to be seeing/hearing/experiencing hundreds of times more than my generation ever had, and that they were going to have to choose what they let into their brains/lives. So far so good. But…it’s a scary thing for so many kids. So much info. Hopefully they find some sort of guidance…not necessarily through censorship.

  2. The libertarian and English scholar in me rails against any form of censorship; the parent thinks, “Yes, there should be some boundaries, but I want to decide what those boundaries are, not some Bible-thumping fundamentalist or even an anti-pornography feminist critic.” There is already a loose rating system created by the ALA if a parent wants to know if a book is suitable for, say, their preteen or middle-school student, though I’m guessing not many parents check the cover or publishing information page. (A number of them don’t even monitor their kids’ behavior at home, so why should they check what their kids are reading?)

    I didn’t censor what my children read or watched per se. If they wanted to see, for instance, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” a PG-13 movie, but they were all preteens, we discussed the material, then watched it together. I realize it sounds very academic and symposium-like, but it worked, I think. My kids went to high school well-read and with a good critical eye. When my son took AP English in his senior year, one of the books assigned was Clockwork Orange, which I had no problem with. However, he asked if he could also watch the movie based very loosely on the novel. I told him that the author Anthony Burgess was upset by the film’s handling of his book, and that it depicted graphic scenes or rape and gang beatings. Then I added, “I’d rather you read the book first, then watch the movie so you understand why Burgess detested it.” He did: then we watched the movie together, and he squirmed, as I thought he would. I asked him afterwards what his opinion of the film was. “It was a well-made movie, but I don’t want to ever see it again.”

    In college he received top grades from his professors on his literary analysis papers. Sadly, he wanted nothing to do with English or literature. He said “writing was too hard.” :(

    • HG — I was torn too, because when I sat down to write that post, I really thought it would come out differently. And at some level, I want to applaud parents — even misguided ones — that are interested and involved in what media their children are consuming.

      I just don’t want them having some unilateral veto on what can and can’t be in a school library.

      • Exactly. I like the idea of telling kids that things might seem “not right” to them. And that it’s alright to figure out why things don’t feel right. Or why things feel right.

        There are parents that are very scary. :P

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