“I’m worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel – let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they’re doing. I’m concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that’s handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.”
― Howard Zinn
Sadly, this reminded me of the book-banning I saw most recently, going on in Florida. I understand the list of banned books that was circulated initially was not accurate, but the legislation for the book examination and subsequent approval by a someone that has a media specialist certificate, I feel opens the door to make it easier for banning books in the future. For me the idea of banning books is unthinkable. Are we to never entertain a different point of view, or new idea? Are we then to stifle our children’s ability for abstract thought or choke their capacity to learn and think for themselves?
This of course is nothing new, but if we are complacent about issues like this, are we then giving our permission for others to make these decisions and laws that affect the very way we learn and think. I hope to never find out