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was good twenty years ago, then why all of a sudden is it not good for students to read anymore? People read the book before and they are doing just fine. If the book can stand the test of time, then it must have some value to it. Even people who consider themselves the most avid opponents of literary censorship in schools would agree that pornography should be kept out of schools. In books such as Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird, the point that the author was trying to get across when he or she included the racist slurs in his or her writing is open to misinterpretation. Some students, when given the opportunity, would chose not to read at all. Therefore it is important that teachers expose their students to exceptional literature by requiring them to read it. There is a huge difference between removing books from the curriculum and removing them from the library. As long as the books are in the library, the students have access to them. It is better to read and learn about the books in class through class discussions. The teacher can help explain parts that are unclear and point out that profane and racial language is used for a purpose. When the students just read the book themselves, they may not fully understand the meaning of what the author is trying to portray. Ray Bradbury attacks book censorship in the afterward of Fahrenheit 451 by saying that there is more than one way to burn a book, and that the world is full of minority groups running around with “lit matches” in the form of censors and bans. He asks people to stop trying to censor his work because it steals from the integrity of it (Bradbury 180). It is a mad world and it will get madder if we allow the minority of would-be censors to interfere with the beauty of literature. Authors have the right to say whatever they want in their books, so long as it isn’t libelous. High schools censor and ban books because they feel that some material is inappropriate for high school kids to read. However, it seems that some parents and administrators wish to carry their ability to censor what their kids read too far. Harper Lee uses racial slurs in To Kill A Mockingbird to accurately portray the events that would have occurred in the time period in which the book takes place. Furthermore, these slurs are used to represent the time period and the culture of the people who used racist words on an everyday basis. These same rules apply to Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Schools The main argument that advocates of censorship of such books have is ridiculous. They tell their opponents that letting high schoolers read the material in question will dirty their mind at a time when they are trying to develop their own morals. But the action of not letting high schoolers read such material is itself detrimental to their moral development. To be against something, it is first necessary to have knowledge of it. Censoring and banning books denies students this knowledge and stands against this necessary development. Books that are considered by many the greatest ever written are also the ones that appear most often on ban lists, because the authors of these books wrote down exactly what they felt. Great books are written by authors who put their thoughts on paper without the fear of censorship. “Banned Books Week.”: n. pag. Online. Internet. 9 Apr., 2000. Available: http://www.st.-charles.lib.il.us/low/banned.htm. Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine, 1953. Campbell, Scott. “The Banned Books Page.”: n. pag. Online. Internet. 9 Apr., 2000. Available: http://ghs.bcsd.k12.il.us/projects/Students/banned.