Talking Points: What book would you ban from your school library?

Talking Points: What book would you ban from your school library?

Hate it when you can’t talk back? Well, you can with Young Post. Have your say and share with students around Hong Kong

Lam Yui-wang, 17, Tin Shui Wai Methodist College

I would remove the reference books. I think the main purpose of school libraries is to help students relax by reading different types of books or watching television. So reference books, which contain only numbers and other kinds of information, won’t be of any use. As a secondary school student, I rarely use those books to do any research. I use the internet instead.


Clara Chan Hoi-ying, 17, Wa Ying College

I would ban pop-up books because they are easily damaged by careless or badly behaved students. Also, they usually cost a lot more than other books, so school libraries should not buy them. What’s more, I believe secondary school students should read books with more in-depth content, such as anthologies and biographies. Hence, pop-up books have no place in a school library.


Ady Lam, 11, Beacon Hill School

Books which contain bad words or inappropriate photos should be taken off the shelves because they are unsuitable for children. All other books are OK. It’s pretty much up to the children whether they want to read or not. We do have a right to choose sensibly.


Cindy Man Ka-ching, 16, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Books about violence and crimes should be banned from our school library. Teenagers are curious and will try to imitate the characters in those books. For example, if a book is about how to commit a crime, the school should definitely ban it because it can easily influence students.


Arzoo, 14, Tak Nga Secondary School

I would ban comics! Lots of students enjoy reading them, but they forget that there is much more to read than just comics.

Reading comics is not a bad thing, but some teenagers are addicted to it. Most comics are just for entertainment, and are not educational. Some students even read comics in class, so they can’t concentrate on the lessons. Then they go home and do the same thing again, neglecting their homework and other school assignments.


In our next Talking Points we’ll discuss:

How can we make education cheaper?

We are now accepting answers from readers for this new topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry) to yp@scmp.com by lunchtime on Monday, April 18. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line!

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