Should Florida ban controversial books? – YES


Illustration by Mira Prabhakar

Florida’s education system, depicted as alligators because it is the Gator State, debate the issue of controversial books.

A book found in Florida schools called “It’s Perfectly Normal” was promoted for kids ages 10 and up.
Though the book’s cover indicates it’s geared toward students as young as 10, it contains multiple images of sexual intercourse and other sexually explicit acts with detailed descriptions. Parts of the book also attempt to justify participating in these acts as children.
Kids all across the nation – and in many cases against their parents’ wishes – are being exposed to sexual material. But the state of Florida has taken heroic action to shield kids and empower parents.
Parental rights are at the forefront of the debate over the Florida book bans, and it’s important to realize that schools should not override parental values. Parents send their children to school to learn topics like math and English, not so school officials can broadcast certain sexual topics and morals to their impressionable children.
It is a parents’ right to teach their kids whatever they deem necessary and appropriate. This includes teaching kids about the traditional perspectives on sexual ethics and morality.
The idea that a school should take responsibility for exposing kids to mature topics that relate to sexuality and ethics disregards the actual purpose of public schooling. Schools are meant to teach objective facts and not meddle in inappropriate and ethics-related topics.
Anything related to morals or ethics are for parents to navigate through and decide what is right for their children. A child’s upbringing on these topics is led by a parent’s worldview and moral structure.
At the end of the day, parents are the sole arbiters of their children’s education. The government shouldn’t attempt to infringe on the right of parents to bring up their children.
Mary Margaret Olohan, a senior reporter at the news website Daily Signal, reported that 164 of the 175 books removed from school media centers in Florida have been sexually explicit, violent, or inappropriate for students’ grade levels.
Progressive activists who believe these books should be available have argued that topics like sexuality and gender identity are necessary for kids to know so they can create a more accepting society. But all it does is expose kids to politically and morally charged topics at a young age.
Another book found in Florida schools called “Gender Queer” was even more explicit. Marketed for kids as young as 12, the book contains sexually explicit illustrations and descriptions. The book also explores concepts like gender identity and neopronouns.
Even for those who agree with the current progressive view on gender theory, why is it necessary to expose kids to a certain perspective on it that would potentially interfere with their upbringing?
If parents want to teach their kids a traditional perspective on gender, that is their right. The school shouldn’t interfere by exposing them to something contrary.
According to a national telephone and online survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports, 75 percent of the 1,000 American adults surveyed believe there are two genders. This reinforces the point that we shouldn’t show children a controversial perspective on sexuality and gender that most people disagree with.
The bans on many books and curriculum in Florida is completely justified as it protects the rights of parents and shields kids from inappropriate topics.