I live in Dallas, TX. In Dallas there is a suburb of sorts called Highland Park or Park Cities because it also encompasses University Park. Yesterday morning I came across an article that really upset me. This article talked about how the high school was banning books such as Song of Solomon, Siddhartha, The Art of Racing in the Rain just to name a few. Here is the article.
Parents got together and decided that this was a good idea because GOD FORBID there be a sex scene or a scene in a book that discusses sex. When I was in high school in AP English we read, The Handmaids Tale. That at the time was the most scandalous book I had ever read. Did it make me into a sex fiend? No. Did it make me anything but more intelligent and more able to understand struggles people go through? Yes.
We also read a book in that same AP English class called Fahrenheit 451. A book about a world where books are banned. I feel when we start doing things such as banning books in high school classes we are just going more towards a world where books are banned. I understand parents think some violent shows, movies and video games are bad for kids to watch and as a parent I think that is their right to protect their children from that. But classic novels? Really? Great works of Fiction, Non Fiction and Poetry? We are going to start banning this? If that is the case we may as well live in a world like Fahrenheit 451.
This article not only made me upset but it made me sad. It made me sad for the students who will never read these books because as bad as it sounds some of my favorite books are books I was forced to read in high school. Books like The Great Gatsby, The Handmaids Tale, Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath. All books that had some sort of life lesson in it. Things like poverty, murder, mental illness, rape. These are things that happen in life. You can’t shield people from the reality of the world forever.
I guess this is just what I think. I am not a parent. Maybe I can’t stand on this one because of that. But I am someone who loves books. I have always loved books. I do not want to live in a world where books are banned.
What is your take on the subject?