I teach at a comprehensive high school in California with students who have mild to moderate learning disabilities. The students enrolled in my program are in a full inclusion special day class where they are able to learn with other students without disabilities.
My students are creative, resourceful, curious, and love to learn.
They work hard to accomplish their goals, even when things get hard. My students are determined, ambitious, thoughtful, and very energetic!
Why are books banned? It's generally for religious reasons, political reasons, or because the reader was offended. However, banning books from libraries limit students from accessing power, knowledge, and being able to develop their own opinions about the world. The books I have selected to teach consist of banned books and will engage the students on a different level. Whenever books are banned, I try to make it a point to encourage the students to find out why the book was banned and ask themselves if it was an appropriate decision. The students in my class have read banned books before and they were incredibly shocked to find that the book that provided them with power and various learning experiences was banned. They questioned, "But, why?"
My students and I would like to continue this adventure of broadening our perspectives, building empathy for others, and being able to have the freedom to define our own values and beliefs.
The students shouldn't be limited to what they can read. The students will gain a great deal of knowledge by reading critical and controversial books, it helps them to create their own thoughts and opinions, as well as build maturity.
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