In today’s schools, children are exposed to an expanded curriculum. As the world wide web, has opened doors to different cultures’, beliefs, and political stands, our curriculum has change to incorporate the growing need for diverse information. The freedoms to say, write, or have the right of expression in a manner without legal boundaries. As outlined in the first amendment, Americans are to have right to say or believe what we want, and how we want to express it. However, in an attempt to banish ignorance about our history while not offending students from other countries, and cultures, some of our textbooks have been censored. The beginning of book banning in schools is like, “an ...view middle of the document...
However, there are others believing that a child can still reach their full intellectual potential even if they do not have all the facts or information. Children reading which monitored or is censored may in many ways protect the child from obscene, vulgar or otherwise questionable material.
While learning entities and parents censor some historic topics to be taught in
their educational districts’, many times they are doing this to protect the youth from being introduced to history, which is viewed to graphic for the age, or to prevent the corruption of young and their vulnerable minds. So, whether it is the shame felt regarding the actual event, or attempts to protect our youth from the graphic and many
times in human acts, history books are not to be used as a syllabus to history but as an
outline for further inquiry (Tanner, (1971). Therefore, when attempting to cover the
history of our country and the world, textbook are just tools, as the teachers’ introduction
and continued emergent in learning can determine the success of learning process.
It has been said that history repeats itself, therefore; if we do not teach the historical events which now are look upon as travesties, will we not risk a repeating of
the same events? While implementing restrictive worldviews can allow the youth to grow and mature and make sound decisions, but having been introduced to half truths or partial events can plant the seeds of bigotry; along with developing a belief that that those of
other cultures who believe differently must be misinformed or uneducated. Upon review
of some textbooks, some events are only half truths or watered down when addressing
how the Civil War tore our nation in half, or how the ever touchy topics of the Holocaust
practiced inhuman acts, and how our school children are introduced to the subject which
are twisted on some points to hide the conspiracy of the real number of lives affected was changed from the 6 million lives to 2 million (School Textbooks In The United States).
There has to at one point, take steps to stop so much censorship so that the injustices’, no
matter what they were are remembered from how the African Americans who were
abused in our society, to the views of sexual gender in the workforce, to sexual lifestyle
discrimination. There are many other events that have occurred, in our United States and
around the world that has affected the world we live in today, and we must not be like an
ostrich and stick our heads in the sand, and allow historic travesties’ happen again.
When focusing on censorship with the educational realms, it would seem logical
to allow the librarian to choose the books which are offered for the students to read. The
librarian would be aware of what is appropriate for the age of the student to assist in the
development while supporting the current curriculum (West Virginia State Board of
Education, V. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624...