Essay by dpc0428High School, 12th gradeA, January 2008

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In attempt to prevent innocent or intelligent minds from ‘corruption’, censorship was introduced to control what is believed by some to be obscenity in various forms of media. Children are often subjected to this, as their studies may be deemed unsuitable by their parents, their schoolmaster, or even the government, according to Bertrand Russell. Certain governments take great precautions in censoring literary works, for example, which threaten national security by causing citizens to lose faith in it. However, censorship is not only enforced on ideas, but on profound language that children should not be exposed to. Language is the only issue in which censorship is acceptable, as it does not involve concealing truths.

From a parent’s standpoint with traditional or faith-based values, education should be limited to the boundaries of their religion. The fact that such education outside these boundaries is based on scientific facts rather than beliefs is irrelevant to them, as is the fact that their children are being lied to, in a sense.

From a government’s standpoint, works that contradict it should be censored or outlawed. Otherwise the government will dissolve due to the lack of faith of its citizens. In the case of censoring profanity, authorities (parents, teachers, principals) are attempting to protect children from language that is inappropriate, as they fear children are not experienced enough to decide where it is actually considered okay to use such language. Nevertheless, they cannot be kept sheltered from this language forever.

Education censorship is generally carried out by schools or parents, but not government (as they have chosen the curriculum). Those with strong faith attempt to stop students from learning about contradictory themes. Evolution is an example, which is looked down upon by catholic parents or schools, as it goes against the Bible. The problem lies for...