"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
3It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. "
-Romeo, Romeo & Juliet II.ii
First published in 1597, Romeo and Juliet is William Shakespeare's classic tragic play about two young lovers from rival families. It is the basis of West Side Story and other movies, books, etc. The balcony scene is probably the most famous theatrical moment in the English language (perhaps second to Hamlet's soliloquy).
Shakespeare didn't invent this story idea: Shakespeare was a playwright and many of his most famous works were dramatizations of historical events or works that were well-known in his day.
So, why has this play been banned and censored?
According to some, Romeo & Juliet encourages teen sex, disrespect of authority, teen drug use, violence and suicide.
What Romeo & Juliet really "teaches" is romance & beauty. It teaches culture and history. It is the ultimate story of tragic love for our culture & scores of literary, cinematic and artistic works refer to it.
When you deprive someone of exposure to a quintessential work like this, they will never have a deep understanding or appreciation of literature : half of all literature will be a mystery to them, as if they were hearing the punchline without knowing the joke.
When they start pulling works like these, that's what "education" becomes: a joke.