Article Title

Don't close young minds

Authors

Newspaper

Statesman Journal (Salem)

Date

4-10-1989

Challenged Material

If Beale Street could talk by James Baldwin

Reading Level

young adult

Location

St. Paul, Oregon

Participants

St. Paul School Board

Outcome

Book was banned

Abstract

In this opinion piece the author states that parents have a right and duty to teach values to their children. Banning the book “If Beale Street Could Talk” from the St. Paul school library is stepping onto the rights of other parents. The contents of the book in a family discussion could give children insight as to what is considered good conduct by their family. The author says that it is not the business of the school board to deny the book to other students in the in the district. Children in this district can be helped to learn what good literature is and what good and moral behavior is. A child needs to be exposed to the guidance of wise parents and teachers. The article ends by the author stating that by banning a book that you don’t want students reading is intolerance of contrary views and an unwillingness to test values and truths.

Keywords

obscene language, sexually explicit, racial slurs

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