Southern California Schools Ban Dictionary
I wish this was a joke or a statement about how the three people who hit on me at the coffee shop this morning seemed to only use monosyllabic words and so liberally sprinkled the word “like” in statements that nothing they said made too much sense.
It’s not. Some schools have in fact banned the dictionary.
Why? A parent complained the definition of “oral sex” in Merriam Webster’s 10th edition, common in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (populated by nine and 10-year-olds), is too graphic.
It describes oral sex as “the oral stimulation of the genitals.”
The Press-Enterprise reported on the incident:
“It’s just not age appropriate,” said [district spokeswoman Betti] Cadmus, adding that this is the first time a book has been removed from classrooms throughout the [Manifee] district.
“It’s hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we’ll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature,” Cadmus said. She explained that other dictionary entries defining human anatomy would probably not be cause for alarm.
I AM ASHAMED OF THIS STATE TODAY. ASHAMED.
Information from The Guardian and Press-Enterprise.
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