These themes include equality for all, the power of good or bad morals, ethics, and opinions, and the importance of compassion and respect within relationships.
High School students should be mature enough to handle the topics and pick up on the details that can help them in their life.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a great book to read in high school and should not be banned because of the themes within the book.
He teaches Scout and the reader that we should look at the world from other peoples perspectives before judging their actions.
Some examples of valuable life advice that To Kill A Mockingbird can give the reader is through Atticus's nuggets of wisdom to the characters around him.
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
Some examples of powerful quotes by Atticus include...
“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”
"When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles them."
Different schools use the defense that the book shouldn't be read to protect against the reading about racism and the other mature topics presented in To Kill A Mockingbird.
Another thing is that we learn all about racism and abuse in US History classes and it doesn't mean that the school or society endorses these actions in present time.
One thing that can be said against this is that this is in American history whether we like it now or not and the only way to keep history from repeating itself is by learning about it.
These positives outweighing the negatives are brought through the amazing themes shown throughout the book, the fact that the students should be mature enough to handle the topics, and the positive lessons and morals shown to us through Atticus.
The benefits of reading Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird definitely outweigh the negative repercussions that it can have on the students.