Schools Have Banned Students From Reading The Dictionary

Schools Have Banned Students From Reading The Dictionary

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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    Since 1990, the American Library Association has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to ban books from schools and libraries. (0:19)

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    Between 1976 and 1987, the American Heritage Dictionary was removed from schools in three states due to "objectionable language." (1:28)

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    Judy Bloom is one of the most frequently challenged authors of the 21st century. (2:41)

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