Censor-y Overload

There are many things that were non-issues when I was in school. I do remember specific books being banned or censored which always made me think of Fahrenheit 451 (not to be confused with the Michael Moore documentary). And there were guidelines regarding clothing, but I don’t recall anything too strenuous.

Rules and guidelines are meant to promote student learning. They are also meant to ensure the safety of students. But what if they do neither? This article in the Huffington Post provides a good slide show of what’s been banned in schools throughout the US, UK and Canada. The list is at times understandable, confusing, and in some instances lacking any significant research.

From serious issues – no rosaries which sets a dangerous precedent for all things referring to freedom of religious expression – to the more bizarre – no bffs – really?!?! – to no winning – right, we’d all like to be losers.

No wonder some children would rather do anything but school. And those that do, are we even surprised why they are so disengaged? While some of these seem very reasonable and the intention may even be in the right place, research may indicate that such action actually does nothing but cause frustration. A topic worth exploring further in the near future.

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~ by Omaira on November 29, 2012.

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