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California School Banning Dictionaries!!! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:57 PM
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'Oral sex' definition prompts dictionary ban in US schools

A parent's complaint over a 'sexually graphic' definition has seen dictionaries removed from southern Californian schools

 

Merriam Webster dictionary

'Sexually graphic' ... Merriam Webster dictionary

Dictionaries have been removed from classrooms in southern California schools after a parent complained about a child reading the definition for "oral sex".

Merriam Webster's 10th edition, which has been used for the past few years in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (for children aged nine to 10) in Menifee Union school district, has been pulled from shelves over fears that the "sexually graphic" entry is "just not age appropriate", according to the area's local paper.

The dictionary's online definition of the term is "oral stimulation of the genitals". "It's hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we'll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature," district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the paper.

While some parents have praised the move – "[it's] a prestigious dictionary that's used in the Riverside County spelling bee, but I also imagine there are words in there of concern," said Randy Freeman – others have raised concerns. "It is not such a bad thing for a kid to have the wherewithal to go and look up a word he may have even heard on the playground," father Jason Rogers told local press. "You have to draw the line somewhere. What are they going to do next, pull encyclopaedias because they list parts of the human anatomy like the penis and vagina?"

A panel is now reviewing whether the Menifee ban will be made permanent. The Merriam Webster dictionary joins an illustrious set of books that have been banned or challenged in the US, including Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, which last year was suspended from and then reinstated to the curriculum at a Michigan school after complaints from parents about its coverage of graphic sex and violence, and titles by Khaled Hosseini and Philip Pullman, included in the American Library Association's list of books that inspired most complaints last year.

 

 

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thats bullshit. im sorry but it is. It is a  dictionary  doing  what a dictionary does....defining a word.

I  love this  quote

. "It is not such a bad thing for a kid to have the wherewithal to go and look up a word he may have even heard on the playground," father Jason Rogers told local press. "You have to draw the line somewhere. What are they going to do next, pull encyclopaedias because they list parts of the human anatomy like the penis and vagina?"

 

Even mike says as  elemtary students they looked up  sexual  orinated words AND FOUND them.  this was  18-19 years ago. Not much has  changed in the  way of definitions  since  then.   

And  seriously do you  think a  10 year old  doesn't know.  Some  10yrs old  know more about sex then I do at 26.  And while  you can personnaly  protect your kids  via internet and book  you can't  protect them from  what  they are  going to get told on  the playground or on the bus by other students.

We  as a  society  have got to  start  being so over protective of our children.

Seriously if  they  are going  to  pull a dictionary because  it DEFINES a  word,  then they need to  pull EVERY other book of  the shelves.  Because the books now  day are 10xs worse than any dictionary.

*steps off soap box*




 




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by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:57 PM
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ilovelandon06
by on Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Oh wow! Thats nuts! Hell sex ed clases are being held before kids really get to using dictionaries anyways for crying out loud!


marikay4
by on Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Well just add it to the list of things that we can not do or say in schools. It is horriable does this not go against freedom of press or freedom of speach or something like that?

Idiosyncratic
by on Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:05 AM

hmm...

something's a little strange...

one parent complains so California bans dictionaries?

somethings a little strange....

GillyG
by on Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Wow! Can we say "extremists?" I mean really, it's a dictionary. Maybe the mom should have looked up the meaning of the dictionary and then she would have known what the book is used for and possibly not have been so upset.

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