I was talking with my mom today about Banned Book week. The first thing we were talking about was a comment I read on another blog about Banned Book week. In the comment, the person said there had not been a book banned in the U.S. for over 50 years. The first thought I had was "Where were you that you missed the Harry Potter hubbub?" Granted, not a very nice thought. But it's nicer than some other ones I've had when it comes to this subject. But, we were talking about that.
Which led to the discussion about what I read when I was growing up. See I have always been a reader. Not to brag or anything, but I read well above my grade level throughout school. I read well enough that by the time I was in about 6th grade, my dad would read a book and then hand it to me. So, literally, my parents knew every word of what I tended to read.
But that discussion led me to this thought. Why are people attempting to ban books because "they are inappropriate for children"? Why are people not just monitoring what their kids read? Why not sit down and have a discussion about what was in the book rather than assume the book is influencing the child in some way? And if the book really is inappropriate for the child, why not take the book away from the child until such time that it is appropriate?
My 5 minutes is up.
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