Wacky Wednesday: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants to Ban 50 Words (Including “Dinosaur”) From Standardized Tests

Posted on Mar 28 2012 - 1:00am by Harrison

Today’s Wacky Wednesday finds us where we are most comfortable: the strange world of Political Correctness.

It seems that “dinosaur” might offend some Creationalists so it’s on the banned list.  Next up is “Halloween” because that panders to pagans.  And “birthday” goes away because it might offend Jehovah’s Witnesses (who don’t celebrate them).

This all sounds very strange but it’s the world of Political Correctness.

If the word is about someone being rich it’s banned (might offend the poor folks) and “poverty” is banned because, well, it might make those who are poor feel put upon.

Whatever happened to being confronted with something you dislike and thus being motivated to change it on your own?

Sorry, folks, that’s Old Fashioned.

Here’s what good old Sy Fliegal from the Center for Educational Innovation had to say about the whole thing:

“The Petersons take a vacation for five days in their Mercedes … so what? You think our kids are going to be offended because they don’t have a Mercedes? You think our kids are going to say ‘I’m offended; how could they ask me a question about a Mercedes? I don’t have a Mercedes!’” Fliegal said.

These 50 words are not on some type of legal edict but the request has been made not to use them on tests.

Just another reason to home school if you’re unlucky enough to live under the NYC Dept. of Education’s thumb?

Here’s the list (not surprisingly, “Moronic Liberal” isn’t on it):

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)


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


Junk food

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge

Loss of employment

Nuclear weapons

Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)





Rap Music


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

Rock-and-Roll music

Running away




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.

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Steve Dennis March 28, 2012 at 3:27 AM -

    Perhaps it would be easier for them just to tell the students what they can say and write.
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    • Harrison March 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM -

      That’s what I thought they were doing!

  2. sharon smith March 28, 2012 at 10:24 AM -

    Maybe the NYC Dept. of Education is onto something, LOL!Cell phone use is re-inventing the English language anyway. With youtube, why bother having a conversation. Kids send each other (humorous) clips with headings like LMAO.

    Sometimes I wonder, are the millenium babies revolutionizing pop culture, the way their baby boomer grandparents did?

  3. edge of the sandbox March 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM -

    Half of the children probably came from families that know divorce, and few, if any, worry about the nukes. DOn’t we actually want them to talk about politics?
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