As parent of a 4th grader I find this absurd!
A well known, reliable, and trustworthy DICKtionary being pulled from the shelves for providing a description to a word?!? Opps! Pardon my poor spelling ;-).
As a parent of a fourth grader I find it ludicrous California must pander to every bit of political correctness in order to save our parents from having to be, well, parents. The Merriam-Webster dictionary has been an valuable resource for longer than I can remember. Certainly longer than I have been alive.
Yes, there are some definitions that might offend some people. However, that is where the guiding presence of an active parents can help to lead their child towards the corrects use of a reference. But make no mistake about the fact children learn in many ways. Their inquisitiveness is ours. Most of the time the discovery process is an innocent, wide open, intake of knowledge and exploration. Sometimes it is a vulgar foray into the specifics of a term. I highly doubt the child of a caring parent will get hung up on a single entry in a dictionary.
Banning the book is not the problem. Active parents who stand by the wayside is problem. Of course you probably see those same lazy parents as fodder for the evening news in a story about their child's' unguided excursions on the internet. At that time you will see those parents try to blame someone else rather than accept the responsibility they should. No, I say the real problem is extremist P.C. parent who seeks not to educate but instead to try ineffectively regulate and restricts their child's' ability to learn and grow.. And so be default your children, and mine, are also affected by those ill-intentioned and uneducated parents.