Banned Books Week is almost over, but I like that the tradition continues. Yes, parents should be able to police what their kids read. No, they should not police what others let their kids read. And the parents should be aware that their kids will probably get their hands on whatever it is they want to read anyway.
Besides, most kids just skim, read the Cliff's Notes, or ignore assigned books. Trying to ban a book makes it appealing to teenagers. Yes, this Onion article is a satire, but it makes a good point. Also, it's full of brilliant lines, like:
"Desensitized to sex and violence from an early age, today's teens simply expect more out of their banned books than previous generations," said Naomi Gould, director of the D.C.-based National Education Consortium. "For the teens of yesteryear, access to novels like Tropic Of Cancer, Portnoy's Complaint, and Lady Chatterley's Lover was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime thrill. But for teens raised on Cinemax and Def Comedy Jam, it just doesn't cut it."
However, don't take the satire at face value. LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER is absolutely worth reading.