Skip to comments.War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests
Posted on 08/05/2013 6:18:03 AM PDT by Kip Russell
George Carlin is rolling over in his grave.
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, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported. Halloween is targeted because it suggests paganism; a birthday might not be happy to all because it isnt celebrated by Jehovahs Witnesses.
Julie Lewis family celebrates Christmas and Kwanzaa, but she told CBS 2′s Emily Smith she wants her children to appreciate and learn about other holidays and celebrations. Theyre going to meet people from all walks of life and theyre going to have to learn to adjust, Lewis said.
Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. Poverty is also on the forbidden list. Thats something Sy Fliegal with the Center for Educational Innovation calls ridiculous. The Petersons take a vacation for five days in their Mercedes so what? You think our kids are going to be offended because they dont have a Mercedes? You think our kids are going to say Im offended; how could they ask me a question about a Mercedes? I dont have a Mercedes! Fliegal said.
In a throwback to Footloose, the word dancing is also taboo. However, there is good news for kids that like ballet: The city made an exception for this form of dance. Also banned are references to divorce and disease, because kids taking the tests may have relatives who split from spouses or are ill.
Some students think banning these words from periodic assessment tests is ridiculous. If you dont celebrate one thing you might have a friend that does it. So I dont see why people would find it offensive, Curtis High School Sophomore Jamella Lewis told Diamond.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the DOE is simply giving guidance to the test developers. So were not an outlier in being politically correct. This is just making sure that test makers are sensitive in the development of their tests, Walcott said Monday. To which Fliegal responded: Its all of life! I dont know how they figure out what not to put on the list. Every aspect of life is on the list.
There are banned words currently in school districts nationwide. Walcott said New York Citys list is longer because its student body is so diverse. 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.
NYC has gone mad.
Are the going to ban “productive” and “worthwhile” to avoid offending many government workers?
This just reenforces why I turned down those jobs in NYC.
All hail multiculturalism!
The word dinosaur made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolutionWow; that is a bald-faced lie, Richard Owen notwithstanding.
It is a manifestation of the growth of government
bureaucracy. As a bureaucracy grows the bureaucrats need to put forth more regulations to justify their positions.
So they begin to look for just about anything to regulate, set standards for and so forth.
I just hope they don’t ban “asshat”, “imbecile” or “moonbat”; however, that still leaves “fool”, “pinhead”, “idiot” and “intellectual degenerate”.
My irony meter is going off the charts here. The schools are preparing kids for dealing with a world in which there is a wide diversity of people and situations by ... sheltering them from anything that might offend them or be different from their own experiences. Wow, just wow.
I do not believe for one second that the words “dinosaur,” “Halloween” and “dancing” are on the list to avoid offending Christian sensibilities. It is a qualification to work in the education establishment, especially in the Northeast, to go out of your way to offend Christians and to “stand up” to any hint that Christians don’t want something being taught, as if the scenes from Hollywood movies where teaching “The Catcher in the Rye” resulted in an angry mob of fussy old church ladies being led by a sanctimonious, dogmatic reverend appearing in the school lobby.
From no more dodge ball to no-balls-at-all in one decade.
I hear there’s a second list of words and phrases that are absolutely forbidden to be taught to kids in public schools:
1. “Cut spending”
2. “Standardized testing”
3. “Retire at age 66”
4. “Administrative redundancy”
Phony argument. It neither promotes evolution nor denies God as Creator. I suspect this was added to make Christians look "kooky".
Dinosaurs existed. More extinct species. Some of the diagrams of dinosaurs are complete conjecture. But the notion of A dinosaur is not "evidence of evolution".
The New York City Department of Education isn’t doing this. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is doing this. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is doing this because Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is a cowardly PC bureaucrat. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott should be the target of peoples’ ire if they agree that this idiotic brainwashing is a waste of taxpayer effort.
Kids who spend all day watching thuggish rappers "rollin'" in their Mercedes and Bentleys on MTV and BET?
They are gonna be offended because they don't have a Mercedes yet?
How about it becoming an incentive for them to work hard and earn some big money to spend on things they want?
I was surprised that the words pig, swine, hog, bacon, ham, pork chops, BBQ ribs, pork sausage and any mention of the Iowa Pork Producers aren’t banned because we all know who would be offended by that.
I noticed the words “libtard” and “stupidity” were not excluded. Odd.
Many I can understand (not agree with; understanding does not equate to approval) but...”Computers in the home”??? WTF?
I guess the following exam question is out:
A 14-year old child is shot dead during a home invasion. If his mother has two surviving children under the age of 18, how much is her EBT cut?
(a) yo moma
(b) $50 per month
(c) I don’t do cursive
(d) you tell me
I finally realized that Liberalism really is a disease. :-)
“’Halloween’ is targeted because it suggests paganism”
Now this guy, who is an “educator” apparently has no idea that “halloween” means “the evening before All Saints’ Day” - this is hardly a pagan reference. However, it would then be banned because it is a religious reference.
And they wonder why people home-school their kids.
As a wise woman I know likes to point out (at least a few times daily): “We are surrounded by idiots!”
One word they should get used to...”unemployed”.
Did they include George Carlin’s list?
Here’s another — LIBiot
Dinosaurs do not suggest evolution. I am a creationist surrounded by creationists, and we are fully aware the dinosaurs existed. There existence does not contradict the Genesis account of creation whatsoever, and dinosaurs are not objected to in the slightest.
Strange assertion in this article.
Under Bloombutt and his faithful Igor, Dennis “Yes Master” Walcott, the NYC public schools are a stunning example of Libtards Unbound. Every single thing a libtard would want to see in something, the NYC public schools have on display. Socialist Core Curriculum indoctrination? Check. No one allowed to fail? Check. Not allowed to discipline students because it might hurt their feelings? Check. Hand out laptops and other technology in hopes it might make up for lack of ambition, poor study habits and failure to do any assigned work? Check. Bending over backwards to pass students who do not deserve to pass? Check.
Let us “sugar coat” reality so that TRUTH is just a figment of the imagination.
PC speak is nothing more than lies, and a lie always kills a part of the world.
God help us!!!!!
There are two on the list with which I agree:
Television and video games.
Looks like talking points key words for libtards.
What day will NYC pick for it’s Book Burning Day ?
Funny how in the 60s and 70s, the Liberals on the ones claiming the Conservatives were imposing censorship. How times change. But, of course, they will claim their goal is to keep people from feeling bad. Which obviously trumps free expression and thought. [/s]
Someday, just maybe, CITIZENS will wake up and realize those of us who have been stating unionized government schools are the education arm of the Communist Manifesto and everything they have been doing for the past 60+ years confirms this.
Just like the IRS must be completely dismantled the public school monopoly must be completely shut down, vouchers issued which can be used at the parents discretion for educational purposes ONLY.
It makes my blood boil to think of all the evil business government labeled as monopolies all while the government creates their own monopolies.
There is no rational excuse to allow this proven destruction of the educational system to continue.
The only viable choices:
1) Home School if you have the time and ability.
2) Private School if you have the money
3) Non-Union Charter schools.
Anything else is Child Abuse.
The public school experiment started to fail once unions were introduced and the unions got in bed with democrats at the very same time progressive communists were climbing under the same sheets.
Somehow,I don't think they are interested in sparing the sensitive feelings of Christian conservatives...it's the Pressure Cooker Gang they are really afraid of. :)
Sounds like the school board fell down the rabbit hole.
Yawn. I have religion throughout my test. Bring it on Obama!
One word they should definitely not leave off the list is “reeducation.”
Several years ago, the NY Board of Regents changed “The Old Man and the Sea” to the “Elderly Man and the Sea” on an exam.
If they’re going to ban discussion of weapons, guns in particular, they might as well ban discussion of piston engines, both steam and internal combustion, because they function basically the me way guns do, with objects (bullets and pistons) bring moved by rapidly expanding gas. Indeed, early inventors of piston engines to the idea from how guns work.
We went to an auction this summer where we were hoping to find a nice muscle car (for me and my son). There were several Bentleys up for auction. Original price was well over 200k, but they were going for 75k or so. Most were 2010-2012 models, pimped out in weird ways.
Auto broker who was buying them told me that they are rapper cars. They get a record deal for 30k + royalties, and they think they are going to be millionaires. So they finance the cars, and a few months later when when the first payment of 12 grand comes in, and no royalties are coming in, they are forced to sell the cars.
He said the biggest problem with these cars, is that they sometimes have a lot of damage that must be dealt with, slashed seats, urine, and general hardcore vandalism. He explained that when the cars get repossessed often the owner and perhaps his posse go off the hook on them, so you had to be very careful to make sure you were not buying a car that was either repaired or damaged in such a way.
I asked him about Carfax, and he laughed. He said it was a useless service. You actually should bring a mechanic with you to the auction to check these cars out before bidding.
It was an interesting and enlightening conversation.
We never did get a muscle car. Maybe next year.