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Freedom to Read Essay by Alexa I.

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What if you didn’t have a choice? What if you could only read what someone else chose for you?



If you didn’t have the freedom to choose what you read you would be losing an important right. The Charter of Rights and freedoms allows us to express our opinion in any way we see fit and be able to choose what we want to read. Canada is a free country, but even so certain books and magazines are banned.  This affects the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.



Any type of reading is good for your language arts skills. Reading comprehension is an important part of education.  If you are reading something that some organization made you read, your knowledge will be limited because you are only exposed to certain opinions.  More important, you are not processing the information you would if you were reading a book that you enjoyed or chose on your own. 



What you choose to read is an important part of who you are.  With no choice in the matter, that part of your identity is no longer yours. Reading a book can take your mind off things that are hard in your life right now. Books can allow you to escape and take you on an adventure into another world where imagination becomes reality.



A quote by Judy Blume follows, “It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read.  And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” Remember this quote and you will realize what it would be like if you didn’t have the freedom to read.


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