War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests
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.Eventually, every NYC test is going to look like this:
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.
Gray gray gray to the gray. Gray?Look, folks, I have bad news. *Everything* is offensive to one group or another. *Everything*. No matter how hard you try, there's always someone who's going to be all butthurt because you used [whatever non-PC name] and they [disagree with non-PC name] or [are offended by non-PC name] or [their ancestors 10,000 years ago had a falling out with the ancestors of non-PC name]. Editing out words because some students might get their feelings hurt isn't a slippery slope, it's the express elevator to idiotville. Pretty soon you can't teach them anything, because everything is offensive to someone.
I thought we ditched the PC bullshit back in the 1990s, but apparently it - like runaway inflation and insane gas prices - is back with a vengeance. Rather than deal with problems, we're going to pretend they don't exist and ban folks from talking about them - because ignoring problems always makes them better, right? When your car is making a funny noise, turning up the radio and pretending you don't hear the noise always makes the car fix itself, right?
Just once I'd like to hear a leftist propose a solution that didn't involve banning something or raising taxes...
That is all.