Global Student Chat May 2023: Students Talk Banning Books


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71% of voters oppose efforts to remove books from public libraries. 67% of voters oppose efforts to remove books from school libraries. And yet, attempts to ban books from libraries continue to rise at an unprecedented level across the country. The American Library Association reported 1,269 attempts to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago.

*Full poll results and key findings available via the American Library Association.

What do students have to say about this topic?

  1. Do you think banning books solves the problems it intends to solve? Why or Why not?
  2. How can we balance the need to protect minors from harmful content and the idea of free speech and curiosity? 
  3. Who should have the final say on whether a particular book should be banned from a library? Why?
  1. “The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.” (Oscar Wilde) What does this mean to you?
  2. In what ways might a banned book end up getting more attention than other books?

*The same questions will be used for the Slow Chat all month long. We recommend classes spend time answering the questions ahead of time so time during the chat can be spent liking tweets, retweeting, quoting tweets in reply, and collaborating with others.

Global Student Chat Live Expert on Panel: Kristina Holzweiss

Kristina A. Holzweiss is a certified ed tech specialist, school library media specialist, and English teacher. Kristina was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a National School Board 2016 – 2017 “20 to Watch” emerging education technology leader, and a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is also the winner of the 2015 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award and 2015 Long Island Technology Summit Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation Award. Kristina is the co-author of Hacking School Libraries, and STEM books for children. Her favourite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry, which happens to be a challenged book in some libraries.

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