George Orwell have predicted it, now it’s here. The language inquisition is now infiltrating all sphere of life. The politically correct and multiculturalist agenda is turning the whole school system into a madhouse. In fact, we look at what they do, we cannot restrain to wonder if those people in charge of the School System are not themselves mentally ill. Control freak seems to be pouring from everywhere to jump on the new moral highground in order to gain power and influence. Zealots that worry too much about other people’s feelings are now seizing the opportunity to revamp the entire system in order to avoid offending oversensitives liberals, immigrants and other victims groups. The New York City Department of Education is waging a war on words of sorts, and is seeking to have words they deem upsetting removed from standardized tests. 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, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported. “Halloween” is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Julie Lewis’ family celebrates Christmas and Kwanzaa, but she told CBS 2’s Emily Smith she wants her children to appreciate and learn about other holidays and celebrations. Lewis said that:
They’re going to meet people from all walks of life and they’re going to have to learn to adjust,”.
Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. “Poverty” is also on the forbidden list. That’s something Sy Fliegal with the Center for Educational Innovation calls ridiculous.
“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.
In a throwback to “Footloose,” the word “dancing” is also taboo. However, there is good news for kids that like “ballet”: The city made an exception for this form of dance.
Also banned are references to “divorce” and “disease,” because kids taking the tests may have relatives who split from spouses or are ill. Some students think banning these words from periodic assessment tests is ridiculous. “If you don’t celebrate one thing you might have a friend that does it. So I don’t see why people would find it offensive,” Curtis High School Sophomore Jamella Lewis told Diamond. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the DOE is simply giving guidance to the test developers.
“So 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,” Walcott said Monday.
To which Fliegal responded: “It’s all of life! I don’t know how they figure out what not to put on the list. Every aspect of life is on the list.”
There are banned words currently in school districts nationwide. Walcott said New York City’s list is longer because its student body is so diverse. Dinosaurs, for example, conjures the topic of evolution, which could rile fundamentalists and birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Halloween, meanwhile, suggests an affiliation to Paganism. Officials said such exclusions are normal procedure, insisting it’s not censorship. A Department of Education spokeswoman told Foxnews that:
“This is standard language that has been used by test publishers for many years and allows our students to complete practice exams without distraction,” [&&]
Does the public find it offensive? Most people agree it’s not.
But the City of Seattle isn’t alone. State lawmakers have voted to remove gender specific words in official records.
Here is the complete list of words that could be banned:
|Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugsBirthday celebrations (and birthdays)Bodily functions
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 moneyHalloweenHomelessnessHomes with swimming poolsHunting
In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
Loss of employment
Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)
|ReligionReligious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)Rock-and-Roll musicRunning away
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.