Enlightenment of the Naïve Essay

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Education could be defined as enlightenment for this generation’s children. Children remain in school for an extended period of time and should be expected to gain a specific level of knowledge by the end of their school career. Some use this knowledge to pursue higher education, while others may pursue technical careers which do not require further schooling. Both the knowledge acquired and how a student acquires that knowledge proves crucial to his or her future. What happens, then, when schools fail to broaden a student’s horizons by filtering the information available? As public schools succumb to a proclivity of censoring classic novels for their content, do children lose the opportunity to reason for themselves? By exposure to …show more content…
One book particularly appalling to be found restricted in public libraries, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, was banned solely on the premise that animals could speak. The governor further suggested that because of the animals’ speech, this book degrades humans (Sova 11-13). Other books such as Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou place themselves on the banned books list for the “inappropriate” values they instill in young Americans (Sova xiii-xvii). Ultimately, ideals deemed impermissible should be determined by the student alone. In this way, a student learns to effectively develop their own cognitive processes. By eliminating literature the student chooses not to agree with for himself, he fosters his own theory of the world. If only faced with socially appropriate items of discussion as chosen by a librarian, a student possesses the same view as the library suggests. If given controversial material to decipher and evaluate, a

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