The American Library Association reported that there were 729 challenges to 1,597 books in schools and libraries last year, which compares with 156 challenges to 273 books in 2020 (“More Than 1,000 Books Banned From Schools Since July 2021, Study Finds,” The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 8). The increase is a setback to critical thinking.
I maintain that young people today are far more sophisticated than their counterparts in past decades because of their exposure to images on the internet. As a result, they are quite capable of handling material that their parents think would be inappropriate. So many students are disengaged in school because the curriculum has not kept up with changes in society. No wonder so many drop out or act out. They are bored to death.
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