Are we afraid of ideas?

Why, oh why are we talking about banning books in school libraries? Are we that afraid of words and ideas? Ideas and words are not in and of themselves harmful.

It seems to me that part of the purpose of education is exposure to different viewpoints and uncomfortable ideas. Through that exposure we come to understand how others think and feel. The exposure either alters our own viewpoints or makes our convictions stronger. If we’ve done our jobs as parents and educators, our children are not so fragile that they cannot withstand this exposure.

Of course, I’m old and irrelevant so my opinions don’t matter – in other words, I got nuthin’.

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