I don't think it matters that I haven't read all the books on the list -- I have read a couple as well as plenty of others that contain the same kind of dialogue/scenes/language/themes under scrutiny. It makes me mad when people don't give teenagers credit for being able to think and read critically. It makes me mad when people don't give teachers credit for teaching teenagers to think and read critically. It makes me mad when people make books out to be the enemy and try to discourage reading out of fear. It makes me mad when things are taken out of context and pointed to as evidence of "inappropriateness." And it makes me really mad that people think lit curriculums need to be "cleansed" of all books that include anything they don't agree with. People (teenagers included) don't live in a bubble. If we cut ourselves off from every single thing we don't agree with, we might as well unplug our TVs and computers, throw out all our books, and never leave our houses ever again.
Books make people think -- they put you in another's person's shoes and let you experience things from another's perspective. In my opinion, books are a safe way to explore the world without actually putting ourselves in every possible situation. Why some people think reading about something (in a classroom, no less!) is an automatic gateway to doing it themselves is beyond absurd to me. Are teenagers impressionable? Of course they are. We are all impressionable to an extent. But banning books and shielding students from how things are in the real world is not the answer. Teaching and empowering kids to make intelligent decisions is the answer. Books that deal with tough subjects or bad decisions should facilitate discussions and learning, not be shoved out of sight to avoid "corruption." Knowledge is power, and yes power can be used for good or for evil, but ignorance is a far greater danger than knowledge ever will be.
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P.S. If you're in my banned books challenge this year and have read any of the books on the list (since Jan. 1st), make sure you count them toward your goal!