Teachers and parents are very protective of children. That is okay for the most part, but at some point the children are going to have to grow up. It is fine for some censorship in books for schools, but maybe just for the actual children. In high school, every student is referred to as a “young adult.” Let these kids be young adults by reading some adult language. J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye should be banned for elementary and middle school but allowed in high schools.
The main themes of Catcher in the Rye did have parts to do with sexual interaction and alcohol. Yes, these things are often frowned upon in our society for teenagers or “young adults.” Teachers and parents seem to believe for the most part that students who read this book are more likely to join in on sexual activity or drinking alcohol at an illegal age. The students should be given more credit than that. Although this society is a lot of “follow the leader,” that does not mean these kids would feel the need to do this activities.
Most people who read this work do not really relate to the main character, Holden Caufield. Holden comes across as being a little mentally disturbed. He believes almost everyone is phony. Fitting in is not something he does well. He gets kicked out and expelled from schools. Most normal students would not want to be like Holden.
Some different experts and even just parents argue that the language is too strong with curse words for someone who is not actually an adult yet to read. For example: “Goddam money. Always ends up making you blue as hell.” (p. 113.) Usually if GD is said, it offends people. I, myself, am offended by this word, but just because the book a person is reading says GD that does not mean the person has to say GD also.
Especially in high school, students are hearing curse words around every corner. What parents and teachers are not seeing is that these kids already hear these words all the time. There are some children who already say these words religiously. It is part of his or her vocabulary. Then there are also the students who do not use curse words. The belief that these kids do not already hear these words daily is absurd. This language is nothing new for this high school students.
In this modern time, sexual activity is definitely heard of, even for teenagers and kids. Although most do not agree with it, it is not necessarily frowned upon in today’s society. Statistically speaking, by the time students are in the twelve grade he or she is sixty-two percent likely to have...