First amendment and banned books
The First Amendment in Schools: A Resource Guide - National Coalition Against CensorshipShould books be banned? Is the banning of books a violation of our first amendment rights? Why do schools ban books? These are all questions we have asked about book banning, so here are the basics of our first amendment rights and book banning. The rights I have listed are all the rights explicitly mentioned in the first amendment.
Banned Books Information and Resources: 1st Amendment
Book banning, the most widespread form of censorship, occurs when private individuals, government officials, or organizations remove books from libraries, school reading lists, or bookstore shelves because they object to their content, ideas, or themes. Those advocating a ban complain typically that the book in question contains graphic violence, expresses disrespect for parents and family, is sexually explicit, exalts evil, lacks literary merit, is unsuitable for a particular age group, or includes offensive language. The rally protested censorship by school and public libraries of certain books under pressure from right wing religious groups. Book banning, a form of censorship , occurs when private individuals, government officials, or organizations remove books from libraries , school reading lists, or bookstore shelves because they object to their content, ideas, or themes. Advocates for banning a book or certain books fear that children will be swayed by its contents, which they regard as potentially dangerous. They commonly fear that these publications will present ideas, raise questions, and incite critical inquiry among children that parents, political groups, or religious organizations are not ready to address or that they find inappropriate.
Therefore, the discretion of school boards to remove books from school libraries is limited. The law requires that if a book is to be removed, an inquiry must be made as to the motivation and intention of the party calling for its removal. Brief history Book-banning in school libraries is only the latest battleground in a centuries-old war over the censorship of ideas. Secular and religious authorities have censored books for as long as people have been writing them. In B. In ancient times, when hand-scribed books existed in only one or a few copies, destroying them usually by burning guaranteed that no one would ever read them. Once the invention of the printing press around made it possible to circulate many copies of a book, book-burning, though still highly symbolic, could no longer effectively control the dissemination of texts.
Book banning is the most widespread form of censorship in the United States
NCAC presents the following collection of materials on the topic of censorship in schools for the use of students, educators, and parents everywhere. This information is not intended as legal advice. The First Amendment B. The Public Schools. Censorship A. Understanding Censorship B.