Article Review: Is Harry Potter Evil
- American schools
- Article Review
- Harry Potter
For a number of years, American schools have been under pressure to restrict their students from accessing certain readings, which are deemed objectionable by individuals on moral, ethnic, racial or religious grounds. People understand that any work is potentially open to attacks for any given reasons. In addition, restrictions are often arbitrary and irrational. For instance, the traditional classics used in English classes have been accused of containing heretical and subversive elements, for example, Hurry Potter have always been accused of containing Witchcraft and antichristian teachings. For some people, harry potter is not investigating ideas for the purpose of education but indoctrinating a certain set of beliefs.
No individual is justified and has no right to restrict any reading material to other individual. Every person has a right to read, just like all rights are guaranteed in the constitution. The reading materials are for educational purposes. In addition, education is directed at improving the open quality choices available to students. Fairly denying the freedom of choice may be unwisely used, which as a result, will destroy the freedom itself.
I respect the right of individuals to be selective in their readings, but for the same reason, I oppose the individual efforts of limiting the freedom of choice of other people. Individuals have a right to read whatever material they want to read as a democratic basic to society. This right to reading is based on the assumption that the person is educated and poses the judgment and understanding, and the person can be trusted with determining his or her actions.
[...] For this reason, as a parent, I will lobby for a family friendly library in the school that will aim at reviewing the accessibility issues for the reading materials. However, since the nature of the sensor may shift from one incident to another, the goals is confronting the fear of our children's safety and manage the frightening consequences that may occur to our children when exposed to the targeted literature. Moreover, regardless of the nature of the sensor, we need to be aware that we must protect the freedom to access t the critical literature even when the censor assumes different shifting natures. [...]
[...] For example, a teacher might select a piece of reading partly because the book has a wide critical recognition, or because it has proved to be popular with many students with varying interests and abilities. Both the students and parents have rights of demanding that education keep them in touch with the realities of the world out of classrooms. For instance, the classical literature possesses significant and valid questions in today's life just as it was when first literature appeared. Wallace Stevens suggested that, literature is a part of life; provide life is a better part of literature. Pretending otherwise is ignoring the realities that are clear to young people, as well as adults. [...]