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See Jane. See Jane run. See Jane run to her home computer.
Oops. You can't mention "home computers" on Jane's test. Might make a kid without her own computer feel inferior.
C'mon guys, please stop laughing.
There are 50 words and phrases which are now verbotten on student tests written for the New York City school system.
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.
Guys! I asked you to stop laughing!
"Halloween" is targeted because it suggests paganism; a "birthday" might not be happy to all because it isn't celebrated by Jehovah's Witnesses.
Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. "Poverty" is also on the forbidden list.
You can't make this stuff up.
Even more interesting though is what's not on the list.
"Condom" passed muster. Because, after all, the schools pass them out like candy. Also A-OK: "homosexual." I believe there's mandatory class participation involved with that one. Sex-ed starts in Kindergarten; but discussions of hunting might be too controversial?
Religion is off-limits. So you can't mention religious holidays, such as Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan. But made-up holidays like Kwanzaa seem to be admissible.
"Divorce" got blacklisted because it implies there was a marriage in the first place. That certainly won't do any good for the all the children of single moms who've never even met their fathers. But of course "abortion" remains fair game. Most schools already have an in-house Planned Parenthood clinic fully staffed for all your womens' health needs so it would be pointless to avoid that topic.
And I'm surprised "homeschooling" didn't make it onto the banned words list. It seems like the only sane alternative to the overly-educated sufferers of cranial-rectal syndrome who came up with this cockamamie idea in the first place.
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