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Update on the Dictionary Banning Fiasco

Well, the dictionary has been put back into the fourth and fifth grade classrooms it was banned from. But students have to get a permission slip in order to use it. Seriously? These parents do realize that Merriam Webster is available online and that students don't need a permission slip to google? I can't believe it was ever challenged in the first place.


  1. It also surprises me that they send their children to school and then expect them to not know what the word "oral" means. (Combined with the other word...I wasn't sure how you felt about me saying it on your blog.) I agree that it shouldn't have been taken out in the first place.

  2. Jessica-I know. I remember in 4th and 5th grade we all discovered the about your body books in the library and we giggled over them all the time. And really, I'm sure that parents did the same thing when they were that age. And yeah, I would probably get weird hits on my blog if I wrote out all the words they were objecting to!:)

  3. That just takes over protectiveness to another level (the level of crazy). It's the dictionary for Pete's sake.

  4. I know! Someone suggested we only use Richard Scarry's picture dictionary's from now on. :)

  5. I knew it would come to this eventually. Sigh. Very glad it was put back.

  6. Margie-I'm glad it was returned too-it should never have left! But I'm glad to see the school had a policy in place that prevented it's removal.

  7. this really makes me want to /facepalm

  8. Just wait until they start pulling the encyclopedias off the shelves... not to mention the entire anatomy section... might as well get rid of the health books too. Goodness!

    Oh, and I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award on my blog. Check it out! :)

  9. Just another entertaining book for us to read about on a banned/challenged books list.

  10. Can I snort and shake my head in dismay at the same time? :)


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