posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 10:24 PM
War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests
The New York City Department of Education is waging a war on words of sorts, and is seeking to have words they deem upsetting removed from
Fearing that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued
Dinosaur - because it suggests evolution. Halloween - because of its association with paganism. Dancing - I'm guessing because some cultures don't
I'm sure test taking makes them feel unpleasant - maybe they should just do away with that.
Words that suggest wealth are banned, because it might make students feel jealous. Religious holidays also off limits.
Some students think banning these words from periodic assessment tests is ridiculous.
“If you don’t celebrate one thing you might have a friend that does it. So I don’t see why people would find it offensive,” Curtis High
School Sophomore Jamella Lewis told Diamond.
Divorce and disease are also on the list. Celebrities, catastrophes, computers in the home - yep all taboo.
I can understand you don't need test questions dealing with gambling, alcohol, or pornography. But I do think that banning "homes with swimming
pools" is just political correctness run way amok.
If they put half the effort they waste on being politically correct into actually teaching the kids - the school system might actually see some real
Full list at the
edit on 27-3-2012 by Maluhia because: (no reason given)