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Banned Books Revised

  1. 1.    A Complex Relationship
  2. 2. What is intellectual freedom? The right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. American Library Association
  3. 3. Fact : Intellectual Freedom is a right guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution
  4. 4. <ul><li>the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unpopular. </li></ul><ul><li>the freedom to choose what to read </li></ul>First Amendment Rights Include
  5. 5. “ If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.” Supreme Court Justice William Brennan
  6. 6. What is Censorship? The suppression of ideas and information that certain individuals and groups find objectionable or dangerous.
  7. 7. Censorship results in: <ul><li>the removal , or restricted access to literary, artistic, or educational materials including: </li></ul><ul><li>images, </li></ul><ul><li>ideas, </li></ul><ul><li>information </li></ul><ul><li>on the grounds that these are morally or otherwise objectionable </li></ul>
  8. 8. W hat are the most frequently censored materials?
  9. 10. 2 Ways Censorship Happens Book Ch allenge Book Banning
  10. 11. What is a book challenge? <ul><li>An attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. </li></ul><ul><li>American Library Association </li></ul>                                    
  11. 12. What is book banning? <ul><li>The removal of materials from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. </li></ul><ul><li>American Library Association </li></ul>
  12. 13. What is the difference between a Challenge and a Banning? Challenge = the attempt to remove or restrict access to materials. Banning = the removal of those materials
  13. 14. What are the most common reasons that books are banned? <ul><li>Sexual content </li></ul><ul><li>Offensive Language </li></ul><ul><li>Political grounds </li></ul><ul><li>Religious grounds </li></ul><ul><li>Violence </li></ul>                           
  14. 15. Why are books challenged? <ul><li>Books are usually challenged with the best intentions- </li></ul><ul><li>to protect others, frequently children, </li></ul><ul><li>from difficult ideas and information. </li></ul>
  15. 16. OIF Censorship Database 2000-2004 Institution Being Challenged Out of 2,614 challenges recorded between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2004, by the Office for Intellectual Freedom. The Office for Intellectual Freedom does not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges. Research suggests that for each challenge reported there are as many as four or five which go unreported.
  16. 17. Why Should I Care If People Ban Books ? <ul><li>It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers. </li></ul><ul><li>Judy Blume </li></ul>
  17. 18. The Controversy Continues <ul><li>Intellectual Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>vs. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal opinion </li></ul>
  18. 19. What do you think?