NY Dep’t of Education Banning Words

This is a sad commentary on “progressive” trends in our education system and the misguided thought process of those in charge. It is not the children who are too sensitive, it is the adults who are supposed to know better.

From CBS New York

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 standardized tests. 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…“Halloween” is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses…the word “dancing” is also taboo…“Poverty”… could make kids jealous…Also banned are references to “divorce” and “disease,” because kids taking the tests may have relatives who split from spouses or are ill…Abuse…alcohol…crime…computers in the home…homelessness…hunting…junk food…nuclear weapons…poverty…terrorism…violence…

Read it here: War on Words

DJH

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One Response to “NY Dep’t of Education Banning Words”

  1. puresophistry Says:

    We at Pure Sophistry agree that this list is ridiculous. We’ve started a discussion with an educational researcher from Berkley in our comments section, and bring up the wider question of how ‘offensive’ curriculum material should be dealt with. Hope the discussion can continue!

    http://puresophistry.com/2012/03/31/the-city-of-new-york-creates-a-list-of-banned-words/

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