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Transcript of Banned Books
By: Bea Waggoner
The Pico Case
The 1st Amendment
Most Common Reasons to Ban a Book
Throughout the course of this project each member of our team...
-Read a book of their choice that has been either challenged or banned
-Found examples in the book as to why it may have been banned
-Written reviews on the book that they read
-Answered our driving question
Top 10 Banned Books
Our Driving Question
Should students be allowed to check out any book in their school or public library?
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Fight for not banning books!
Alcohol and Drugs
The Bluest Eye
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Hunger Games
A Bad Boy can be Good for a Girl
Tanya Lee Stone
Looking for Alaska
The Perks of being a Wallflower
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Bless Me Ultima
Of the 21st Century
Captain Underpants (series)
The Board of Education vs. Pico was a case that as decided on June 25, 1982 in the supreme court. A committee of parents and school staff appointed by the Board of Education removed books from the school library shelves that they categorized as "anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, and just plain filthy."
The board members, having only had read excerpts from the books, ordered the principals to remove eight of the books from the junior high and high school libraries. High school students Steven Pico, Jacqueline Gold, Glenn Yarris, Russell Rieger and junior high student Paul Sochinski brought action against the school board. They claimed that their first Amendment rights were violated.
The supreme court needed to answer this question: Did the board of Education's decision to ban certain books from its junior high and high school libraries, based on their content, violate the First Amendment's freedom-of-speech protections?
By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decided that the First Amendment rights of the students were violated.
The Books in Question
The book review committee returned The Fixer, Laughing Boy, Black Boy, Go Ask Alice, and Best Short Stories by Negro Writers. The Naked Ape and Down These Mean Streets were removed.
Slaughterhouse Five was available only with parent permission.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The 1st Amendment says that we have freedom of speech and banning books prevents people from reading what they want and expressing themselves.
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"Will the Giver Movie Prompt More Schools to Ban the Book?." Slate Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2014. <http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/08/14/the_giver_banned_why_do_so_many_parents_try_to_remove_lois_lowry_s_book.html>.
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I think that students should have the right to check out any book in their public library. However, I do think that some books should not be in the school library of younger kids, like elementary school kids for example. Many banned books are banned for a reason but sometimes they ban them from the wrong age group and even for the wrong reasons. I do, however think that it should be more a parent’s decision what their kid reads, rather than one parents decision or the school's decision on what all kids read. Different kids have different maturity levels and a kid's parent knows their maturity level.
I believe that students should be able to read any book in their public or school library. First of all if the book is truly inappropriate for the age group they shouldn't have bought it in the first place , plus banning the book draws attention to it and makes want to read it because the fact that you want to ban it makes them curious and they ask ask the question: Why? Also what they should and should not be able to read is based on their maturity level and it's the parent's job to know that about their child. Therefore it should be the parent's decision to let or not let their child read it not the entire school. Finally there shouldn't be very inappropriate books in the library anyway so I think they should monitor more what they put in their library to begin with.
Yes, I feel that all kids should have the ability to check out any book that is in the library at any time. I feel that some books are not okay for kids to read but I feel kids aren't worried about checking out an explicit book they want Dr. Seuss and picture books.
I think that students should have the right to check out books from the public library and their school library. Whether a student reads certain books should be between them and their parents so that students with different maturity levels can decide what they want to read. Schools already filter what goes in the library so students aren’t very exposed (at least in their school library) to any books that would be super inappropriate for them. Also, I know that banning a book makes me want to read it even more. Parents shouldn’t be able to ban a book for everyone in the school, if they don’t like a book then they can stop their child from reading it and not the rest of the school.