This one is kind of radical.
If you’re wondering what I’m responding to, here you go:
Seriously, Highland Park parents? You really want to ban several books that provide a medium for tolerance in critical thinking? You really want to say that “high school students should not be exposed to some of the hardships and controversies of adulthood.” Name a single high school student that hasn’t had to deal with numerous “adult hardships” and then we’ll talk.
I just don’t get it. We have more technology and more knowledge than any other time period in the entire existence of the universe (unless there’s aliens), yet we still grow to be dumber and dumber every day. Obviously, I don’t mean dumb in that we have a lack of general education per say, but rather in that many of
you us are ignorant of reality. In a picture-perfect theoretical world, rape, abuse, abortion, mental illness, drug abuse, and the other “adult hardships” in these books would not exist at all, yet alone in teenagers. However, it’s obvious to us supposedly sophomoric teenagers that this fictitious world does not exist and will NEVER exist. 44% of all rapes occur to people under the age of 18. 60% of these assaults go unreported, with 97% of these rapists still walking free today. 18% of all U.S women obtaining abortions are under 18. Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. That’s millions and millions of teenagers dealing with the supposedly exclusive “adult hardships”. How can we possibly expect future generations to reduce these rates if we make no changes to the common attitudes about these topics? How can we change our attitudes if we never discuss these topics? How can we, the teenagers so looked down upon and ostracized by our elders, be expected to change the world for the better if we are constantly being restricted in the permeation and freedom of our thoughts. Am I missing something? Maybe everyone else is seeing the full picture by dwindling our society’s thoughts, but I can’t help but see about 500 pieces missing out of our 1000-piece puzzle of life.
Despite my thinking on Highland Park parents’ petition to restrict thought, I’m not sure what I would do if I had to make the final decision in keeping the books or not from an administrative standpoint. Yes, it’s obviously noxious to students’ prosper in critical thinking, but pesky parents like these ones are not typically going to take no for an answer. If anything, they would fight until the principal, superintendent, and governor of the whole damn state were forced to resign! Is it okay for Highland Park to ban these books from the classroom? Of course not! But was it the right thing to do in order to provide a learning environment free from protests and controversy? As much as I hate to say it, the answer is yes.