Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ah, Yes, Those Anti-Education Republicans Are At It Again...

Stretch sends in yet another example of how the anti-education Republicans are pushing policies intended to make it harder for our children to learn.

Oh, wait.

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.

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.
Eventually, every NYC test is going to look like this:
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.


Dave H said...

I doubt "gray" is going to be acceptable. Age discrimination you know. And that question mark looks an awful lot like a sickle, which was part of the Soviet Union's symbology. That might give immigrants from Easter Europe a bad feeling

Actually, it wouldn't bother me a bit if they banned all words from standardized tests. Those tests probably do more to interfere with education than a month of snow days.

Matt W said...

I would like to ban the word "ban". Along with other forms such as "banning", "banner", and "banned" because they offend my sensitive libertarian sensibilities.

I would also like to propose a "ban" on the words "band", "hand", "land", and "sand" because they rhyme with "banned" and cause me to be equally offended.

Geodkyt said...

I'm offended by your insistance on the misspelling of the word grey.

And your Anglocentric insistance on using American Standard English is discriminatory against Differently Documented Workers and Alternative Urban Dialect Speakers.

{snicker, duck}

Anonymous said...

The right likes to ban stuff as much as the left.

I wonder if they will burn the books containing the banned words?


Sabra said...

This ties in with my belief that we're treating kids like they're complete idiots. It's not kids today, it's adults today.

AuricTech said...

Pretty soon you can't teach them anything, because everything is offensive to someone.

Feature, not bug, or:

Newspeak for a new millennium!

Old NFO said...

PCism run amok... Maybe that will work there, but not in the real world...

Daniel in Brookline said...

Jay, you used the offensive word "butthurt". I'm offended, in part for my gay friends, and also because pronunciation is unclear. "Butt hurt"? Or "but thurt"? I went to a public school; such things are beyond me. (I learned how to get offended, though!)

And now you've made ME use this highly offensive word, which is causing me no end of emotional stress. You'll be hearing from my lawyer, as soon as she gets back from her 365-day vacation.

skidmark said...

If these banners would not keep bringing up things to be banned we would not notice that our feewings are all hurted. The solution to this is simple - merely ban banners and banning.

And on a personal note - I am offended by stupidity. We ought to ban stupidity. Seeing as it is only the stupid people who are spreading stupidity, all we need to do is ban the stupid people.

I'm just conflicted about where to ban them to - NOLA, the hills and canyons east of LA, or Noo Yawk City. Those places were picked because they are alredy full of stupid people, so nobody would notice that even more stupid people are now living there. (Washington DC is not on the list because most of the stupid people there were sent by folks who wanted them out of their state and figured the quickest way to get rid of them was to elect them to Congress.)

stay safe.