For a long time, censorship has existed. In the ancient Egyptian empire,

negative could be said about the gods. When America was an English colony, if

spoke out against the King of England, it was considered treason. In the
pre-civil war

period, books like "Uncle Tom\'s Cabin" were banned in the south.
And even today,

censorship laws have been implemented on the internet. In all these cases ,it
did nothing

positive. The Egyptian empire collapsed, The United States had a revolution,
the Civil

War broke out, and pornography has spread even more across the internet. If
there is

nothing to gain with censorship, then schools shouldn\'t try to censor the
books we read.

Besides not working in the past, there are more reasons why books shouldn\'t

censored. First, if one can\'t read a book because it is censored, then he is
losing some of

his freedom. Imagine having to secretly get a copy of a book, just because
the school

deems it unfit. Also, how would the school decide if a book is safe to read.
If a teacher

finds a book to be trash, a student may the same book educational, and worth
reading. Not

only do the people reading the book lose freedom, but the writers lose the
freedom to

express what they are feeling. Some of the greatest pieces of writing have
come from the

heart, and if writers are worrying about how they are writing, then they
won\'t be worried

about what they are writing.

Many books that are part of American society could be banned because of their

content. If a book says a few curse words, then the school could say than it
can\'t be read

even if it teaches us an important lesson. Many books important to society
have local color

in them, and censorship takes away from the connotation if the local color is
taken out. A

lot of famous books would be banned because they accurately portray the way

spoke. Books with violence would also be the target of censorship. A book
about the

Vietnam War could be censored just because it was truthful and discussed the
death and

suffering during the war. Where would people learn about these things if the
books about

them were banned.

A third reason why books shouldn\'t be censored is very simple. One may miss

on a good book. Of all the great books ever written, at least 10% of them
wouldn\'t be

published because of their content. Books like "Jurassic Park"
portray violence, but are

entertaining to children. Lately, it\'s been difficult to get students to read
at all, with

distractions like television, and the internet. And if we take away some of
the better books,

then soon kids may decide reading isn\'t fun at all, and isn\'t worth the time
and thinking

required to understand a book.

Censorship in the past has done no good, and won\'t this time either. Students

feel entrapped because they can\'t read the books of their choosing. Writers
won\'t be able

to express their feelings, because they are worried about if the writing is
censored or not.

Censorship would also change American society by eliminating most local
color. .

Finally, many good books may not exist, because the violence and action
wouldn\'t be

allowed in the book. With censorship, an important part of literature will be

Category: Social Issues