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SoCal School District Bans Dictionary In School  
User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

Ok, and we wonder why they have trouble learning.....

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/ar...36--u-s-school-bans-the-dictionary

A Southern California school board has pulled the Merriam-Webster dictionary off its shelves after a parent complained about the entry “oral sex.”

The collegiate-level dictionary was being used in grade four and five classrooms. The school now promises to begin a thorough scouring of the dictionary for other offensive entries.


You can't make this stuff up folks.

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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19727 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

When I was a kid we used the Scott, Foresman, & Co. Dictionary, which was more than adequate for an elementary school classroom.

Why is a collegiate dictionary in a 4th grade classroom?


User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2670 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1884 times:

I'm pretty sure M-W publishes school dictionaries, that are much more appropriate for grade-school-aged children. The school here is only pointing out its own idiocy in not having proper school dictionaries in the first place.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Why is a collegiate dictionary in a 4th grade classroom?
Quoting Airstud (Reply 2):
I'm pretty sure M-W publishes school dictionaries, that are much more appropriate for grade-school-aged children. The school here is only pointing out its own idiocy in not having proper school dictionaries in the first place.

That is what I was thinking. The thread starter is totally misleading.
This is nowhere near as bad as a city mayor trying to fire a librarian for refusing to ban certain books......(cough, cough..Sarah..Palin...cough)

The heavily Republican city of Menifee, California did the right thing.



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User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Why

From the story:
The dictionaries were originally intended for use by children working at advanced reading levels.


User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

Quoting dxing (Thread starter):
parent complained about the entry “oral sex.”

Isn't that two separate words?

Besides, doesn't oral sex just mean talking about it?   



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8153 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

What a nutcake school board. Hope the ACLU sues on behalf of the teachers who wanted to use MW. It's not like they have "dirty Sanchez" in there - these parents need to get a grip.


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User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 6):
It's not like they have "dirty Sanchez"

But it might have "salad toss" in there.



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2670 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

Quoting dxing (Reply 4):
From the story:
The dictionaries were originally intended for use by children working at advanced reading levels.

Were these children identified as working at collegiate reading levels?



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User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

No surprise hearing this- I go to college in Menifee. The whole Inland Empire is heavily conservative and primarily non-denominational or evangelist Christians. I have had 20-year-old men chastise me for referring to a woman as hot.

So hearing that a suburban Souther California school district is banning a dictionary over an entry about a subject that most 4th graders wouldn't even be interested in, let alone be knowledgeable in, while sad, doesn't shock me.

Quote:
The school now promises to begin a thorough scouring of the dictionary for other offensive entries.

I can't wait to hear what else they deem offensive!



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6039 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1764 times:

Quoting san747 (Reply 9):
The whole Inland Empire is heavily conservative and primarily non-denominational or evangelist Christians. I have had 20-year-old men chastise me for referring to a woman as hot.

Must have been a private school student. At that age, my public-schooled friends and I (from the "rich" part of the IE) would've added a few more adjectives.



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User currently offlineiairallie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

Quoting san747 (Reply 9):
I have had 20-year-old men chastise me for referring to a woman as hot.

That doesn't sound like a conservative complaint it sounds like a guy who has been brainwashed and neutered by feminists complaint.


User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1650 times:

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 10):

Must have been a private school student. At that age, my public-schooled friends and I (from the "rich" part of the IE) would've added a few more adjectives.

Precisely! He went to Linfield Christian High School in Temecula and was taking a class with me at Mount San Jacinto College's Menifee campus when this happened. And as for a few more adjectives, this girl was definitely deserving of them  
Quoting iairallie (Reply 11):

That doesn't sound like a conservative complaint it sounds like a guy who has been brainwashed and neutered by feminists complaint.

Perhaps. This incident occurred about 3 years ago, so I don't remember the exact conversation, but he seemed more upset that I was being "disrespectful" or something. In retrospect, maybe he knew the girl.



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