Books are essential to life. Many people may scoff at this idea, but books teach lessons, inspire, and provide an escape from reality. Most of us have read a book in our lifetime and absolutely loved it. So why are some of these books being banned and removed from education systems?
Well, I’ll tell you. But, first, let me list some books that were banned that you have probably read or heard of:
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
And the list goes on and on and on. Most of the reasons are cited as offensive language, violence, or LGBTQ+ themes. While I agree that some of these things may not be appropriate for certain ages, banning them altogether is another thing.
Let’s take the example of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling. It was written as nothing more than a lighthearted book following the adventures of a friend group as they navigated student life at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
This series that single-handedly revolutionized the book industry is being twisted into being seen as something that encourages Satanism and discrimination. Other minor reasons are “Quidditch players never wore helmets,” and “Owls are dangerous, predatory birds.” In my opinion, this is ridiculous.
I encourage you to focus on the positive lessons Harry Potter brings to life:
- True friendship is incomparable.
- Bravery comes in many forms.
- It’s okay to ask for help.
- Fame and fortune isn’t everything.
- Face your fears.
Books provide a window to unique experiences and encourage you to look into different points-of-view. Additionally, they are integral to education as they can expand vocabulary and improve emotional growth. If you do not agree with the lesson they are teaching, banning them is NOT the solution. Please look into other options or maybe even give it a try. You never know.
If you would like to check out other frequently banned books, take a look at the following websites:
About the Author
Sachi is a sophomore in high school and has a deep seated love for writing, as well as teaching. As a former private tutor, she has lots of experience in the field. Sachi has participated in a number of clubs over the years including Writer’s Club and Reader’s Club. She is also the Vice-President of Communication in the Green Level FBLA Chapter. She won first place in the Indian Heritage Society of North Carolina Essay Contest and enjoys reading in her spare time.