A Project for Better Journalism chapter
Wolf Howl

Censorship in Schools

Schools have gotten to the point where websites, books, and certain languages are prohibited due to the reproach of many parents. Censorship has escalated in popularity to change school district rules and regulations affecting traditional lesson plans for students throughout the nation.

Classic novels such as The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling have been removed from many shelves of school libraries all over the country. Most of the complaints come from the scorned opinion of parents due to the content presented within the books such as guns, violence, vulgar language, gangs, and sexuality.

Many parents claim that this type of content shouldn’t be presented within school libraries that any student can can just check out. But the question lies with the students who are already aware of the content included; is this content that young adult readers are already aware of or is it time they can face the true realities of society around them?

Literature chosen to be taught in the district curriculum based on diversity of the student population and ability to take apart the content and read into the text to discuss its’ analysis. Censorship however isn’t always found everywhere, there is still public libraries and bookstores that provide these books to those who believe that the maturity of the reader determines what sort of book is picked up by then.