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Discussion Questions (Censorship and the Law section)

1. Throughout the semester, we’ve made a distinction between legal and ethical justifications.  However, after reading the section on Censorship in schools: A legal perspective, can you see some of the ethical theories we’ve studied underpinning the legal rulings?

Discussion Question: (Ethical Responses)

2. Do you agree/disagree with any of these stances on the ethics of censoring material in children’s and young adult libraries? Have any of them changed your opinion about  censorship?  Why or why not?

Discussion Question: ( Examples of Censorship)

3. Some school libraries house both middle school and high school on the same campus, so the collections are all in one location.  Is moving a book from a one shelf to another shelf a form of censorship? Meaning moving the work from the middle school section to the high school section?

4. Given the same scenario as above, Is a school library policy that states students who are at a fifth grade level or below may not check out high school materials a form of censorship?  Or is this just good sense? Explain your answer.

Discussion Question: (History of Censorship)

Imagine that you are a children’s librarian in the 1960’s, confronted with a situation where you perceive that you have the conflicting duties of selecting appropriate and quality material for children, and not acting as a censor. How would you resolve this conflict? Are there any ethical theories that could help you decide on a course of action?

You Have The Right To Read!

You Have The Right To Read!

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