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Banned Books Week: What You Need to Know

Censorship is alive and well, as highlighted by Banned Books Week — and you might be surprised by who the most vocal challengers of books are.

The importance of the First Amendment and the concept of "intellectual freedom" might not always be readily apparent to most kids, but Banned Books Week is a great opportunity to make those lessons come alive for children — and adults.

Banned Books Week is held annually during the last week of September (Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012). The week is an occasion for libraries and bookstores across the U.S. to help folks realize just how real and ongoing a problem censorship is.

In Brookfield, a challenge to using Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye in the classroom last year led to Board of Education (BOE) members questioning whether it was suitable for high school students and triggered a review of the district's policy for challenging and reviewing books.

The revised policy will not affect the status of The Bluest Eye in Brookfield High School (BHS), as it is being used as "instructional materia" and not a major part of the course curriculum, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"book-review-policy-won-t-extend-to-instructional-materials"} -->, however some have

H. Ferguson September 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM
The new book entitled, "No Easy Day" will probably be banned in many places. And of course, the decision not to release photos of OBL’s body was a no-brainer as well
Hermann Zwergel September 18, 2012 at 04:03 AM
thank goodness that the Sarah Palins of the world are a joke....
sock puppet September 18, 2012 at 07:37 AM
free speech zones are censorship too
John Mainhart September 18, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Our Children are the most precioius gift we will ever receive from God. The adults of the community I grew up in were more than willing to protect the youth from sexually promiscuous material so they could become mature enough to assume a responsible attitude toward sex and enjoy the love that it should include.
Ben Lasser September 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
As someone who was raised in a den of sin, we should compare notes sometime and see who has had better sex.

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