Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Banned Book Week

The need to fight against those who want to tell us what we or our children can read is still a battle we must never give up on. The fear some people have to unleash ideas or thoughts they don't understand should not be allowed in our society. Fear of ideas has no place in our classrooms or libraries. Ideas and knowledge, even unpleasant knowledge, can free us. Stifling knowledge allows others to control us.

When they tell you something is inappropriate ask them why? Why are you afraid to know? Why are you afraid for your children to know? When you try to control what I read I ask you why? I demand to know what you think gives you or anyone the right to control what words I read, what images I see?

You have the authority to control what your children are exposed to. That is your right as a parent. But your right to control ends there. You do not have the right to dictate that for me or my children.

My advice to everyone? Read a book and open your mind. It really isn't that scary a place once you get to know it.

ALA Banned Book week


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