At Liberty Podcast: Their Memoir is one of the Most Banned Books in America
Over the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of books being banned or challenged in school districts across the country. While there’s a long history of book banning and censorship in America, over the 2021 to 2022 school year, book banning reached an unprecedented high.
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Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Classroom Censorship?
This year, the country has seen a staggering number of policies censoring classroom discussions around topics like race, sex, and gender identity. Coupled with these efforts are bans on books that also center around these subjects — bans which hinder students’ ability to learn and talk about these critical topics that impact their daily lives.
In order to protect our right to learn, we must recognize that these policies hinder people’s understanding of their country’s history, the world and communities around them, and themselves. We must also celebrate the literary works that take on these topics.
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Blog: How to Start a Banned Book Club
Ella Scott, student and co-founder of her high school’s Banned Book Club, tells us what inspired her to take action and shares advice on how to combat book bans in your own school.
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Right to Learn: Your Guide to Combatting Classroom Censorship
Here is a comprehensive ACLU toolkit to help you fight against censorship in your schools and communities. These resources are designed for further understanding of who passes laws that affect your education and how you can take action to protect your right to learn.
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