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War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests
http://newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | 03/28/2012 | n/a

Posted on 03/28/2012 7:10:42 PM PDT by massmike

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.

Among Those Suggested: Birthday celebrations (and birthdays),Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia),Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes,Hunting,Religion,Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan),Slavery,Terrorism....

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
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1 posted on 03/28/2012 7:10:52 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike
wrong, ban the standardized tests.

better yet, ban the banners.

let the people think!

2 posted on 03/28/2012 7:14:06 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (obamacare is an oxymoron.)
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To: massmike

I got a big kick out of banning the word “computer” in the home. I guess I’m typing this on my “home electronic brain,” “home calculating machine,” or my “Home Electronic Babbage Difference Engine.” B-P Scotty, beam me up!


3 posted on 03/28/2012 7:17:43 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Send Obama back to the ghetto, November 6th.)
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To: massmike

Free Press?

Not for you.

Now pay your taxes. You owe us. :)


4 posted on 03/28/2012 7:18:17 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: massmike

These people clearly don’t have enough to do and nothing productive to offer or do.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 7:18:52 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: massmike
Question from the new test:

Six pink unicorns graze contentedly in a group. One takes a nap. Is Obama the best President ever? Answer:
A) Yes
B) Of Course
C) Absolutely

6 posted on 03/28/2012 7:21:27 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Who you gonna believe on the economy? Obama or your own lying wallet?)
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To: massmike

Ping


7 posted on 03/28/2012 7:26:45 PM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: massmike

Constitution, Reagan, Freedom, American Exceptionalism, Success, Hard Work, Free Speech, Bill of Rights, Pride . . . . . did I miss any?


8 posted on 03/28/2012 7:32:50 PM PDT by mykroar (Please be aware any /sarc tag is for the lurkers, not the Freepers.)
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To: massmike

I suspect the intent of all this dreck is to impress upon the children that they are not supposed to think. Any “original thinking” must only be from the elites, the nomenklatura. The children being abused in public skrewls are supposed to keep their heads down, not think, and be good serfs. Even if it means they are supposed to just sponge off the system instead of applying themselves and doing real work.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 7:33:03 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: massmike

I wonder if the people commenting here actually looked at the list? Some of them do actually make sense.


10 posted on 03/28/2012 7:46:48 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: massmike

BAN any Department of EDUCATION....they are worthless suckers


11 posted on 03/28/2012 7:50:50 PM PDT by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: massmike

Just the standardized tests? Wonder when it’ll trickle down to my school. Oh, wait! That’s right! He’s closing my school. We were doing too good, by his own report card.


12 posted on 03/28/2012 7:53:23 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: massmike

The Left always, always accuses the right of actions they are or wish to engage in.


14 posted on 03/28/2012 8:00:43 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Mygirlsmom
tooo funny...
15 posted on 03/28/2012 8:02:47 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Mygirlsmom

Hah! Thanks for the chuckle :)


16 posted on 03/28/2012 8:35:15 PM PDT by NMCicero
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To: mamelukesabre
I wonder if the people commenting here actually looked at the list? Some of them do actually make sense.

I saw no words which should be banned, only censorship of words that seem to offend the officials who are banning them. This whole concept is BS. Censorship is never desirable.

17 posted on 03/28/2012 8:36:30 PM PDT by calex59
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To: massmike

Maybe the education cartel, could organize a book burning.

/s


18 posted on 03/28/2012 8:38:16 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (There is nothing "public" about government union-controlled schools)
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To: massmike
“They’re going to meet people from all walks of life and they’re going to have to learn to adjust,” Lewis said.

So banning words will help kids "adjust?"

Some people accrete stupid the way Moby Dick accretes barnacles.

19 posted on 03/28/2012 8:56:08 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: massmike

Whole system is shot.


20 posted on 03/28/2012 9:50:05 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: calex59

They werent’ talking about banning words...only about not allowing certain words on a standardized reading test. There’s no reason why a standardized reading test needs to have questions about sex or drugs on it.


21 posted on 03/28/2012 11:02:52 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line)
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To: massmike

Years ago, they changed the title of “The Old Man and the Sea”
to the “Elderly Man and the Sea” on their English Regents exam.

Beyond stupid.


22 posted on 03/29/2012 5:56:19 AM PDT by goldi
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To: goldi

If you want to find the biggest idiots with the largest salaries just go to any public education administration. Those that can’t do, teach. Those that can’t teach, administrate or go into student counseling.


23 posted on 03/29/2012 5:59:59 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: massmike

If you get wind of my impending coronation, invest in guillotines.


24 posted on 03/29/2012 6:02:13 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq !)
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To: Mygirlsmom
sadly
25 posted on 03/29/2012 6:03:35 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq !)
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To: massmike; All
Where do you stand on this kind of manipulation of tests? Take The Blaze poll.
26 posted on 03/29/2012 8:49:08 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: the invisib1e hand

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)

Bodily functions

Cancer (and other diseases)

Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)

Celebrities

Children dealing with serious issues

Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)

Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)

Crime

Death and disease

Divorce

Evolution

Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes

Gambling involving money

Halloween

Homelessness

Homes with swimming pools

Hunting

Junk food

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge

Loss of employment

Nuclear weapons

Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)

Parapsychology

Politics

Pornography

Poverty

Rap Music

Religion

Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)

Rock-and-Roll music

Running away

Sex

Slavery

Terrorism

Television and video games (excessive use)

Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)

Vermin (rats and roaches)

Violence

War and bloodshed

Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)

Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.


27 posted on 03/29/2012 8:54:11 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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