Censorship is a practice that dates back to ages ago. It has been practiced through various civilizations. Its presence in American schools and colleges is rampant. Student access to certain materials is limited. Colleges censor student access to materials in their classes, libraries and laboratories on different grounds. As a general rule, as long as the censorship is carried out in accordance with the obvious civil and individual rights of the students, and in their best interests, it should be encouraged. There are different facets that need to govern censorship issues. This is because the present situations surrounding censorships in US colleges are vague at best. This article looks at some of the fronts censorships should be approached from to create an ideal code among colleges.
Approaching censorships from a legal perspective
Society is characterized by rules and regulations. In most cases, laws are put in place to enforce and foster rules-setting rewards and punishments for people (college students included). Censorship in colleges needs to be set in line with the societal, government and natural laws.
The issue of bringing legislation into college censorship is because censorship is a rights issue. This makes it legal. Any censorship framework, inasmuch as is essential to college rules and regulations, needs to respect and uphold initial statutes, especially those surrounding individual rights. Censorship cannot be seen to be expressly infringing on sensible and critical individual rights.
Ethical considerations to censorships
Ethics determine what is perceived as moral or immoral. Just because something is controversial doesn’t mean colleges should censor. As a general matter, censorships are relative matters. Colleges, libraries and education experts need to determine what the ethical thing to do is about an issue they wish to censor. For example using essay writing services among students is actually unethical and this problem requires more attention and new approaches to prevent this activity.
Naturally, students will find it somehow if it’s something of high moral implications. Colleges have to put into consideration, the ethical implications of censoring or not censoring material. Upholding the ethical approach to an issue according to colleges’ values and principles can help make the enforcements straight and smooth.
Educational considerations on censorship in American colleges
The basis of college is education. Students need to be affected by what they learn in college. Whereas it’s the precept of most colleges to play safe, censorships can affect education objectives in a big way. Education often happens with what is often terms as ‘controversial material’. In a way therefore, not exposing students to these controversy negatively impacts their ability to make educated decisions.
A degree of controversy therefore, needs to be incorporated when materials are censored. This especially applies to the libraries. Material needs to be vetted. If it passes the education threshold, censorship needs to be measured. This applies to all other materials. Some material, no matter how controversial it is, fosters education.
Societal considerations to college censorship
Everybody is a product of their environment. Somehow, this is a reality for most people. As such, there are things you learn in that society. These things determine what you will do, believe and practice. Censorships need to put the realities in mind. If the general society is doing some things as a way of living, censoring them is a waste of time.
All censorship programs need to factor in these factors. For instance, exposing students to something controversial has not apparent negative effect. In most cases, it’s because of where these students come from.
In general, getting an ideal censorship program is not easy. A lot of care needs to be taken to ensure that the censorship is ideal, acceptable, reasonable and not extreme. The most essential aspect of all of it should be squarely in the interests of the students.