That’s basically what just happened.
Fearing that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued tests.
The word “dinosaur” made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported. “Halloween” is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
– CBS New York
Hey New York, ever heard the phrase “those who do not know the past are doomed to repeat it?”
I guess not.
Did you know that the world is filled with a huge honking ton of topics that are uncomfortable to learn about?
And well they should be. If you don’t feel horrified and slightly disturbed when learning about the Holocaust, there is something wrong with you.
That doesn’t mean we just throw it out and stop learning about it.
I know, I know, this request of the NYC department of education is just to do with standardized tests, but why bother teaching biology or history or english if you can’t ask questions on tests that relate to “bodily functions”, “evolution”, “war”, “poverty”, “religion” and the rest of an increasingly idiotic list of restrictions…why bother teaching the material?
English? No Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, or Shakespeare.
History? No World War II, Revolutionary War, or basically any other part of human history.
Science? No evolution, no dinosaurs, no bodily functions.
Can you imagine the result if these topics can’t even be mentioned on tests, in fear that some child will have a panic attack at being confronted with something they don’t approve of?
Yes, this is exactly what this city (a city where 80% of graduates are functionally illiterate) needs.
Of course, in New York City’s favor, if their tests can’t contain anything of educational value…maybe their test scores and graduation rate will go up.
Here is the complete list of words that could be banned:
Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)
Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs
Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)
Cancer (and other diseases)
Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)
Children dealing with serious issues
Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)
Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)
Death and disease
Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes
Gambling involving money
Homes with swimming pools
In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
Loss of employment
Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)
Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)
Television and video games (excessive use)
Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)
Vermin (rats and roaches)
War and bloodshed
Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.