Should public schools and libraries be permitted to ban books that they feel are not good for children or the overall community? Jeff Herman
This is an interesting question Jeff with many facets.
Clearly public schools and libraries (within those schools) must have some set of standards. Community libraries will have different standards since adults use those facilities. You should google filtering content on the Internet for libraries. It was a fascinating public discourse and I believe one city library was sued because they filtered out sites with porn.
Banning books is always a dicey proposition.
To that end, is there some more specific issue we should look at, i.e. only public schools and their libraries? Is there a case where this is about to happen?
I am all for protecting our children. However, even among "Christians," there is debate on what is "good" for children, so the library board should have specific guidelines. There shouldn't be a taboo on a book just because someone thinks it's bad. I know some who would even ban J.K Rowling's Harry Potter books. As for pornography and too much senseless violence, studies prove they are detrimental to our vulnerable children, so I think it's a school's or library's duty to protect our children from such books.