Opinion: Want a good book? Try one your 9th grader isn't allowed to read
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Book banning is on the rise in conservative areas of the United States, with Florida and Texas leading the way. Last year, 673 titles were removed from public school classrooms in an Orlando-area district due to new state laws. Librarians and teachers are now required to review all classroom books and remove ones that are deemed inappropriate. The pressure to censor books is mainly coming from conservative groups who claim to be protecting parental rights.
Florida's censorship efforts are part of a book-banning frenzy sweeping through the more conservative parts of our allegedly free-speech-loving country. We have recorded instances of book bans in 30 states, said Kasey Meehan, the Freedom to Read director at PEN America, which advocates for free expression and fights censorship.
In Idaho, librarians are feeling demoralized by the current political climate and censorship efforts. Many have expressed their desire to leave the field due to the pressure and restrictions imposed on them. The conservative push for book bans is causing librarians to fear criminal penalties and the loss of their teaching certificates if they approve 'inappropriate' books.
In Idaho, librarians are so demoralized by the censorious political climate one official in the city of Buhl referred to the local librarian as a groomer that more than half recently told the state's library association that they are thinking of leaving the field, according to the Idaho Capital Sun.
Read at www.mercurynews.com
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