Banning Books? by Abbey

Often parents ban books or censor books because they didn’t like the content in it for their child. However they should not be allowed to make decisions in libraries or schools. Books can provide real life experiences without real life consequences. If you can read about people doing things that can get them in trouble and the kind of trouble that they can get into they are most likely to not do the same thing. I children read about it then more of them are less likely to get in trouble for those things. Another reason why books shouldn’t be banned is freedom of choice. Just because one person doesn’t like or agree with the content in the book doesn’t mean that others won’t also. The United States is a free country where everyone is allowed to have their own opinions. The last reason why books shouldn’t be banned is that lots of books help us learn about different cultures. In many books it discusses religion and the lifestyle of people of different culture. These books help us learn about the beliefs and ways to go about life that different people have. If we didn’t have these kinds of books then some people would not know how to act around people of a different culture.  These things are what create suspense in the stories. If every book was banned because they had one of these things, then there would be no interesting books.

People With Autism by Abbey

Often, people with autism are misunderstood and mistreated. One was autistic children are misunderstood is that their parents and others think they need to be “fixed”. In “Movement,” Hannah’s dad thinks she needs to be “fixed”, so they hire a surgeon to tell them all the risks of the surgery. In “Movement”, it says, “My father is a believer in technology, that is why he contacted the research institute. He wants to fix me. He is certain there is a way”. Another misconception is that nonverbal children are also not able to hear or understand what is going on around them. “‘How nice!’ the therapist says. ‘WE DO HAVE FUN!’ (two fingers tapping her nose then swinging down to her other hand) ‘DON’T WE?’ (cheesy grin)” pg. 75. Even though Jason is nonverbal he is able to communicate by using the cards and pictures that Catherine draws for him. Autistic people are also victims of bullying because they are different. Catherine told Ryan and Kristi that David went to OT for many things and one of them was for jumping. So when David asked for a piece of gum from Ryan, he made David jump up and down in order to get the gum. Another thing is every time David went to the bus stop he would bring his red umbrella even if he didn’t need it. Ryan and Catherine got in a fight because he was making fun of him. Unless you personally know someone with autism, it is common to misinterpret them and treat them unfairly.