Censorship…it’s a tricky topic. And yet, every day our freedoms are infringed upon due to someone determining what it is we have the right to know. So how do we find the fine line and tread somewhere between our freedoms allowed by the Constitution and mass chaos?
Some deep thoughts for a fall day, isn’t it?
Yet, these are the issues troubling my mind today.
It started off as a blog post by a dear friend of mine. She was checking into what her son was reading for his sixth grade requirements. He wasn’t answering her questions as thoroughly as she would have liked, so once he went to bed, she read the book he was reading.
She was shocked, to say the least.
The book was about a teenager giving birth to a child, abandoning it by a river bank, and the physical changes and complications that arose from the situation. And it was labeled as a sixth-grade-level book.
My friend had trouble sleeping that night. She knew that her son was confused by what he was reading, but since he was on a deadline to finish the necessary points for the quarter, she allowed him to finish reading the book. But she did speak to the school administration about the book. It is no longer labeled as sixth-grade appropriate.
But is that censorship?
In my mind, no, it’s being a responsible parent…and looking out for others as well. The book is still available at that particular library, it’s just not available to a crowd that would not understand the touchy issues involved. And all it took was a concerned parent to actually read what their child is reading.
Some would say that we should be able to read whatever it is we want. That we should be able to have answers to all our questions and nothing should be kept from us…and to a point, I agree. But the problem arises when others start flexing their “freedoms” as well.
I have the freedom to write what I like…at least on my blog, within reason. I do not have to check my facts, I do not have to support my suppositions, I just need to write. And if someone wants to come along and accept what I have to say as fact, that’s their right as well.
Can you see where the problem can arise?
We are bombarded daily with things that people claim as “fact.” We want to know the answers to our questions, but we don’t know where to go for the right answer, and we don’t know whom to trust. And when it comes to things such as the food we eat and how I raise it, I can’t help but wish that we could censor just a bit more.
Much like a sixth-grade boy, not sure what to do with the information provided to him in a book, my friends and neighbors are being bombarded with information that can either answer questions with the truth, or spread fear and misinformation.
So, although I will defend your right to share what you wish, I will also exercise my right to share my own story. And perhaps, between the two, we can find common ground.
You are right on the thought about checking what your Son was reading. It lets you as a parent to know what they are reading, more parents should do that. When our 40 year old son was in middle school he said the spelling teacher yelled at the kids in his class. He did not yell at Sean,but it bothered him anyway. So I asked a lot of questions and talked to other students that did not know what Sean had told me. they said they could hear him in 2 class rooms away,I thought if they could hear him surely the other teachers could. Anyway after talking to our son and the other kids, I went to the principle and told him what I had found and he said that was the first he knew of it. The kids told me the principle was not in their class room. He said he did not get to that class room. So I told him that if that man had a problem maybe stress, or health problems then he should take care of it,but no reason to yell and scream at the kids. He said he would check it out and I said I would keep after him until he did. After school the next day our son said the principle was in the class and left and came back with someone else and took the man out. I waited a couple days and he did not return to the class, when I checked with the principle he said that he found that what I said was going on and removed him that day, he apologized to the children and that it would not happen again.The next year that teacher was in the high school. I was glad I said something and that the kids were not afraid to tell me. You are right sometimes all it takes is one person speaking up. You want to make sure you have the facts though. After that I was a helper to the reading teacher . I saw a lot of good teaching and good caring teachers.
Anyway be careful in your daily chores. Cooler here in south central Kansas. Looks like may get some rain tomorrow. Fall crops are doing good and wheat being planted. Sharon Drake Oct. 4,2013
I have the utmost respect for our teachers and those that work in the library, and I understand how these things can happen. I’m just so happy that my friend was willing to take the extra step. So many times we push these things off, and never take the time to look into what is going on!
Take care, and thank you for writing, Sharon…I appreciate you reaching out!