Cristy Martinez Period: 07 Mrs. Zachan Language Arts November 01, 2011 The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye should not be banned from schools. There are many schools who think that Catcher is a bad influence on teens however it is quite the opposite. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger should not be banned from schools because teenagers can learn from Holden’s mistakes and teens are mature enough to tell wrong from right. Many parents are appalled and think that the book should be banned because of the profanity, teenage sex, and other inappropriate behaviors. However, there is a reason to all his misbehavior.
Starting a new school – This could make the child or young person feel nervous because they have to make new friends and could make the child feel anxious because they don’t know what will happen. This could also make the child become shy or dismissive or even anxious. Identify transitions that only some children and young people may experience. Transitions experienced by only some children and young people include: Diagnosis of a disability – This could make the child or young person feel jealousy because he/she may feel different, this could also make the child act unusual such as being dismissive. Divorce – This could make the child or young person feel frustrated, confused because the child or young person may not be seeing one parent as much as before, this could also make the child act unusual such as becoming withdrawn and being argumentative with parents.
There are many similarities and differences between Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King. Human beings have a tendency to have a morbid desire to explore the darker realms of life. As sensitive beings we make every effort to deny our curiosity in the things that frighten us, and will calmly reassure our children that there aren't any creatures under their beds each night, but deep down we secretly thrive on that cool rush of fear. This is why we slow down to look at car accidents, fires and find excitement in the macabre. We turn off the lights when watching scary movies, and when it’s time to go to bed, we secretly make sure the closet doors are shut.
The first and obvious reason is that the book takes place in a pro-communist setting. The book may have been trying to prove a point, but it was still enough to offend many. The book is also sexually explicit, so it is easy to see why parents may want to “protect” their children from the idea of sex and that it should not be thought of in the way George Orwell writes about it. The most interesting reason for the ban of 1984 was the fact that it reminded people of what is like in the United States today. It has made people uncomfortable to think that what is being described in this chilling novel reminds them of what they see outside their own windows, with the fact that humans are constantly on watch and there is practically no way to keep anything hidden.
It is just crazy to me to think that the drugs that these kids are being prescribed are causing them to commit acts of violence upon other people or do very crazy things. The documentary opened up with a teenager named Cory Baadsgard, who was apparently on the prescribed drug Paxil which caused him to have hallucinations. He discussed an incident in where he did not want to go to school and decided that he would go later in the day. The only thing that he remembered was waking up in a juvenile detention center and was told that he held hostages at gunpoint. In the documentary they also displayed the terrible Columbine shooting that occurred in which two teens took many lives and one of them was on prescription drugs as well.
Video games are not the source of violence but they are consistently blamed; parents need to make sure that their own children are not exposed to media hype that would be considered as violent or damaging to their own kids. The media truly believes they are the scapegoat for anything that goes wrong with today’s society. Today’s parents are naïve and ignorant to the fact that they do not know how to regulate the things their children watch and they cannot control their own kids behavior so they immediately point the blame on someone else. They need to teach their children good morals and show them how playing with guns can change their lives forever. People who own guns need to keep them put away and out of the reach of children.
In some countries around the globe, such as Norway and Sweden, elected officials have made it totally illegal for parents to spank their child. Since this happened Oakland, California has established an official "No Spanking Zone." This proposes a question, is spanking a good form of discipline? From what the doctors say it certainly appears not to be and I think most parents tend to agree with them that spanking is not an acceptable form of discipline anymore. But according to the Critique of Anti-Spanking Study, found in Assertive Discipline, "experts do not all agree that spanking is harmful and some believe that mild spanking is a useful form of discipline" (Canter).
The way I feel is why tell kids if we don’t even realize it ourselves? I never sat there once and thought um maybe scar from lion king is a homo sexual because of the way he sang or walked? How can you sit there watching a child’s film and think that I feel that’s wrong to even look at a Disney film that way but that’s the way she feels and I can’t change her opinion of that. But another thing I have a problem with that she says that gave her clues that scar was a homo sexual was when simba first said “you’re so weird Uncle Scar” then scar comes back and replies with “You have no idea”. She says with the tone of voice he said with makes it look like he is a homo sexual, I think she is saying that because he said with a very mysterious tone and sounded weird but of course it’s going to sound like that when he’s planning to kill his brother.
I interpreted that the reason for them censoring the words was because no one wants bad language on TV. Bad language can be taught to the children through commercial. Children may start to use what they heard unknowingly which becomes a problem. Since it was beeped out, no one knows what was actually said. The children cannot hear what the commercial said so they cannot use it.
But the ending wasn’t satisfying because the adult just told the boys I hope no one got killed and then Ralph said while crying “Only 2” then it ended. If I were on the island and were one of the boys I would’ve handled the conflict probably the same way because I’d probably lose my mind like all of them too and not know what the right thing to do would be. - The hidden message in this story is that Democracy is beautiful, yet fragile. It leads to freedom. But that freedom can be dangerous because people act and think like children, are selfish and easily manipulated.