are usually on a college preparatory path, about to enter the workforce, or getting ready to enlist in the military. In any of these situations, they need to have an extensive understanding of world events and issues that they may encounter in their future lives. For this reason, I don’t feel that any book should be inaccessible to secondary school students. Another con of censorship is that it may keep a teacher from using a book that is an excellent teaching tool. Some of the best books for classroom discussion, projects, and learning are based on controversial issues. These books may have themes and messages that cannot be taught in any other way. Book banning is also negative in that it controls what students can and can’t read and may stifle their creativity. Finally, censorship will prevent a sex education teacher from doing his or her job because they will have problems getting the material across to students about sexually transmitted diseases and other sexual health issues if they aren’t allowed to use certain resources (Pillai, 2009). Although there are two sides to the issue of book banning, I think there is an overall agreement that every student in America is entitled to the finest education possible.
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