Censorship, not quite black and whitePresentation Transcript
Teri S. LesesneSam Houston State University @ProfessorNana
Clarion Voices“Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. Ifparents and kids can talk together, we wont have as much censorshipbecause we wont have as much fear.” ~Judy Blume“The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.” ~Walt Whitman“Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and onlyparents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of theirchildren—and only their children—to library resources. Censorship bylibrarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or forany other reason, violates the First Amendment.” ~ American LibraryAssociation Office of Intellectual Freedom
Some Statistics to Consider
Why is book challenged?
Who initiated the challenge?
Where did challenge occur?
Drawing some conclusions Schools and school libraries are often the scene of the crime Sexual content, violence, and “language” are often the cause cited Parents are often at the center of the challenge The number of challenges appears to be on the decline So, we decided to do our own survey just to confirm our hunches.
Role of the LibrarianLibrarians Teachers
No book should ever be bannedLibrarians Teachers
Is it OK to have restricted shelf?Librarians Teachers
Restrict due to violenceLibrarians Teachers
Language restrictions?Librarians Teachers
All right to ban for language?Librarians Teachers
Banning due to violence?Librarians Teachers
Parents can decide what kids readLibrarians Teachers
Teachers can decide what kids readLibrarians Teachers
Librarians can decide what kids readLibrarians Teachers