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