Monday, October 3, 2011
Banned Books Week
Last week was Banned Books Week, an opportunity for students and adults to practice intellectual freedom. Here at Jefferson we practiced this by having a bookfair. (Thank you to everyone who made a purchase!) This week I want to spend a little time thinking about, or actually having you think about, what intellectual freedom means. Why is it important? Why have a week dedicated to celebrating the freedom to read? What does it mean to ban a book? Who decides? How does this impact you, the student? Last week Huffington Post published a few interesting articles. The first, "Who Decides What Books Teens Read?" discusses the controversies around some titles published for Young Adults. The other two articles articles are specific lists of banned book, The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books and The Top Ten Banned Books of 2010. Please take a moment and read these articles. What are your thoughts? Who should decide which books are right for teens? Is there a line? Is there ever a situation in which books should be banned from a school library? Why or why not? Are there any books on either of the lists that you would read or have read already? Consider these questions and post a 5 sentence response on this blog. Happy Reading!