In a political correctness crackdown, the New York City Department of Education is knocking terms like 'dinosaur' back to the Stone Age.
The prehistoric creatures are among 50 terms banned from use on tests administered to students by the city.
Others include birthdays (because Jehovah's Witnesses don’t observe them), class-indentifying terms like wealth and poverty, Halloween (as it may imply paganism) - and even dancing.
Why dinosaurs? Because they may upset those who don’t believe in evolution.
More info on it can be found here.... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120870/Political-correctne...
Here is the complete list of words that could be banned:
Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)
Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs
Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)
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 money
Homes with swimming pools
In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
Loss of employment
Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)
Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)
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.