Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Banned Books Week Continues!

And the discussion continues with 12-year-old Katie's opinion about banned books:

"I have read the Harry Potter series over twice, most of the people at my school have. In knitting club we talk about it, during lunch we talk about it, to the teachers we talk about it. Is Dumbledore dead? Is Snape good? I don't know a person at my school who doesn't know what we're talking about. It's common knowledge. If it promoted witchcraft then my entire school would be full of witches and wizards, which would be pretty cool, and believe me, all the little kids dress up and try to wave their wands, but it just doesn't work. We can all dream, but this book is FANTASY. It's never going to happen, so why take it off the markets? A group of kids may just protest to get it back on! And we've won the fight on one thing, we can do it again. Kids DO have power!

I have also read It's Perfectly Normal and I believe that all teens should be educated about this stuff, because, as studies show, if they don't know about them they're more likely to have sex or get pregnant. Trying to hide sex is a poor way of doing things because sooner or later they're going to find out, and who would you rather have tell them, you, or some random teenager who tells them it's fun? Exactly, if you have any sense at all, you would say that you would like to tell them, which is why girls should be open with their parents about these things. And parents should be open with their girls."

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