Young Minds And Books: A Dangerous Combination?

An excellent post from Allison Maruska that I thought deserved re-blogging. I also figured it would be an excellent way to cover a day in which I’m not going to have an opportunity to write anything of my own! Allison’s post reminded me of this following article from the Philosopher’s Mail:

“Rather than regarding these stories as grotesque spectacles that all right-minded people should avoid, the philosopher Aristotle looked generously upon the human fascination with them. He proposed that, when they are well written and artfully staged, such stories can become crucial resources for the emotional and moral education of a whole society. Despite the barbarity they describe, they themselves can function as civilizing forces.”

Offensive subjects, Violence, Tragedy – provided the material is handled artfully and well written, they can be a motivating force for good, for change. Banning all books that handle material like this denies the young reader an opportunity to learn from story, to learn from the mistakes of others, or the mistakes of the past.
– An excellent read.


Allison Maruska

This week is Banned Books Week, a week to contemplate the various works of literature that for whatever reason have historically been deemed too dangerous for public consumption. Where the Wild Things Are, The Diary of a Young Girl, and The Old Man and The Sea are among them. The one that surprised me the most was A Light in the Attic. Many of these books were written for young readers and placed on banned lists by adults claiming to guard the interests of said young readers. Tuck that away for later because I’m coming back to it.

Something else has happened this week, and I’m trying to decide if its overlap with Banned Books Week was planned or coincidental. In the suburb of Denver where I grew up, teachers and students from several high schools, including the one from which I graduated, are striking and staging protests against a…

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