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article imageOp-Ed: NYC Dept of Education wants to ban upsetting words such as wealth

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 28, 2012 in World
New York - The NYC Dept. of Education has truly lost its marbles. In an attempt to shield students from anything unpleasant it is proposing to ban 50 words from standardized tests. Words they intend to ban include disasters, religion, and homes with swimming pools.
The list goes on to include war, bodily functions, vacations, crime, war, terrorism, divorce, death, evolution, dinosaurs, junk food, slavery, birthday, violence and vermin. The words aren't the ones most commonly associated with banned word lists.
CBC News reported that the education department wants to ban words that could make students feel unpleasant. The word "wealth" is to be banned as it could evoke feelings of jealousy amongst students who live in "poverty", another banned word. "Evolution" is banned in case it offends those who don't believe in evolution.
Quite how the city's educators have reached this bizarre stage of political correctness without the aid of a lobotomy is beyond belief. The department has said it needs such a long list of banned words as the student body is so diverse. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott defended this nonsense by saying "we’re not an outlier in being politically correct. This is just making sure that test makers are sensitive in the development of their tests.”
Considering that students might break down in tears if they hear the words "homes with swimming pools," leads one to conclude that the inevitable next step is a longer list of words to include "homes with garages, gardens, gazebos, and guns." There is no end to the possible choices of vocabulary that could elicit emotional breakdowns, but the only valid words which come to mind as ripe for a ban are the words "the New York City Department of Education."
If the educators get their way then New York City students will be protected in a bubble where bodily functions don't exist, crime doesn't happen, and no one gets invited to birthday parties in case Jehovah Witnesses take offense.
According to the Daily Mail, Professor Deanna Kuhn of the Columbia University Teachers College said of the proposed banned words, "If the goal is to assess higher-order thinking skills, controversial topics, for example, ones that are the subject of political debate, are exactly what students should be reasoning about."
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