Apparently New York school children and/or their parents and guardians are easily offended at least that’s what it seems as the NYC Department of Education has put together a list of 50 words, or more specifically topics, banned from use in its Standardized Tests. So, are these words the usual suspects, the four-letter words, the cuss words, the unholy expletives, the coarse, or course, vernacular for sex, death and other facts of life? Of course, not, the list is as ludicrous as the idea of being offended by words in the first place and includes: dinosaur, evolution, divorce, sex, celebrities and computers in the home…in fact, prepare to be mortally offended here’s the full list:
Children dealing with serious issues
Computers in the home
Homes with swimming pools
Television and video games
To be honest, I’m not sure what kind of education an NYC kid is going to get if all those topics are banned from their tests. Does it really mean that they cannot be tested on the pros and cons of video games, the Second World War, evolution? If so, then someone in the Dept of Ed needs to head out into the real world. Creationists are offended by dinosaurs? Tough! Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate birthdays, so no one else can mention them? BS! Halloween is a pagan festival? Well, isn’t banning it offensive to pagans? Sheesh. I hope this is all just a happy spoof, although I can see the benefits of banning celebrities. If not the NYC DofEd are bunch of flipping ninnies who ought to know better.