Persuasive Essay On Censorship In Schools

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Imagine a boy, who is a senior in high school and wants to read the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He goes to his school library to check it out, but he finds that his school does not carry it. All over the world, students and faculty alike, are facing the challenge of censorship in their schools. Censorship is an important issue that needs to be addressed by first looking at the reasons books are being banned, the legalities of censorship, the problems and the effects of censorship if it is allowed. According to the Oxford online dictionary, censorship is “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security”. With everything that is going on …show more content…
Fenice Boyd is the associate dean for teacher education at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her research consists of Adolescents' Response to Young Adult Literature, Multicultural Literature, Multiliteracies, and Diversity Topics. Nancy Bailey is an assistant professor in adolescence education at Canisius College, Buffalo, New York. Her research consists of new literacies, teacher education, professional development schools, and issues relating to censorship and literacy education. The controversial novel they examined is Briar Rose by Jane Yolen which tells about a Jewish girl who is a prisoner in a concentration camp. A group of partisans saves her when she is close to death. She befriends one of her rescuers, a kind homosexual man, who the other partisans call “the prince.” Nazis capture the group and murder all the partisans, except the girl and “the prince”, who manage to escape. Their friendship aids them in surviving (Yolen). Yolen’s book is based on research containing information on the brutal and inequitable treatment of Jews and homosexuals by the Nazis at the extermination camp in Chelmno, Poland (Boyd and Bailey). This book seems fairly innocent and harmless, but has created a major