So here comes Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of figuratively smacking people upside the head and asking them, "Are you serious?? Who do you think you are?"
Parents have the right, and the obligation, to monitor and control what their own children read. Their own children. Not my children.
Even so, I wish parents would give their own kids a little more leeway when it comes to reading books (see purple prose below).
Every time you turn around, you hear people lamenting that kids won't read books any more. Then you turn around and people are trying to take books out of kids' hands.
Make up your minds, people.
Better yet, just let the kids read.
Author Laurie Halse Anderson says it very eloquently here, and she knows whereof she speaks. Her entire post is important reading, but my favorite line is here, and sums it all up:
"Storytelling is the traditional vehicle mankind uses to pass wisdom from one generation to the next."
Yes! Crikey, wouldn't you rather they read about it in a book than do it themselves? Let them get wise by reading.
But that's almost beside the point.
The Point: If you, as a parent, or citizen, or whoever you are, even suggest controlling what other people's children will or will not read, by any means...
And in a free society, censorship is obscene.
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