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Schools Have Banned Students From Reading The Dictionary

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The 2010 ban of Merriam Webster's 10th edition dictionary in certain southern California schools was due to a single entry: "oral sex." According to The Guardian, a district spokeswoman did say that they would peruse the dictionary to "find other things of a graphic nature." The American Heritage Dictionary was also banned in some Alaska, California, and Indiana schools between 1976 and 1987 because of "objectionable language."

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  1. Since 1990, the American Library Association has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to ban books from schools and libraries. 00:19

  2. Between 1976 and 1987, the American Heritage Dictionary was removed from schools in three states due to "objectionable language." 01:28

  3. Judy Bloom is one of the most frequently challenged authors of the 21st century. 02:41

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