Dinosaurs and Aliens Banned From Citywide Tests

By | March 26, 2012

In what the Post has deemed “a bizarre case of political correctness run wild,” the Department of Education has submitted a list of 50 forbidden words to companies competing for the chance to revamp New York’s citywide standardized tests. Among the potentially “distracting” topics:

Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists; birthdays aren’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses; and Halloween suggests paganism. Even “dancing’’ is taboo, because some sects object. But the city did make an exception for ballet. [Ed. note: Classy!]

Also banned are references to objectively upsetting things like poverty, divorce, disease, terrorism, and slavery. However, the city also does not want any mention of fun things like celebrities, “excessive” TV-watching…

2 thoughts on “Dinosaurs and Aliens Banned From Citywide Tests

  1. luca lotto

    obviously the people asked for that.
    In History, Philosophie, all that social stuff that’s quite possible (and can be traced back many hundred/thousands years ago -vatican and so on). But try that with maths and physics. I take Einstein as an example when some gemans claimed his stuff wouldn’t be german physics and therefore can’t be true…and at the same time taking his energy-mass relation (and much much more other results) to get a nuclear weapon from Heisenberg etc. . Well, it didn’t worked and only make us laugh about german’s helpnessness in bringing together their philosophy with truth or should I say about their dishonesty to themselves.

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