Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dictionaries banned from schools

More Banned Books Week news:

The American Library Association has a list of books banned or challenged in 2009-2010. For the record, the American Library Association is NOT banning the books...they are protecting your right to read books even if someone else deems them "offensive." The list is titled, "Think for yourself and let others do the same."

As an example of the danger of letting someone else determine what you can or cannot read, here is one of the books that was pulled from school libraries because it is inappropriate for children:

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
"Pulled from the Menifee, Calif. Union School District (2010) because a parent complained when a child came across the term 'oral sex.' Officials said the district is forming a committee to consider a permanent classroom ban of the dictionary."

Librarians are corrupting the next generation and providing salacious material to your the form of the Merriam-Webster dictionary. What will these radical militant librarians think of next?

1 comment:

  1. Instead of banning books, let's develop a rating system similar to what has been done for movies, television programs, video games and music. This would allow parents, teachers and citizens to make informed choices for themselves and their family, while at the same time preserving the right to free speech.

    I mean aren't we supposed to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave?" Let's use of brains to find a solution and stop wasting time and energy arguing.

    Come on, America! We has so many other problems that are much more serious than banning books.