Political correctness run amok as New York City schools ban terms like 'dinosaur' and 'Halloween' on tests

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)

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 money



Homes with swimming pools


Junk food

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge

Loss of employment

Nuclear weapons

Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)





Rap Music


Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)

Rock-and-Roll music

Running 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.

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Comment by kris feenstra on March 27, 2012 at 9:15pm

I'm not quite sure what to call it, but it has nothing to do with political correctness; that's for damn sure.  Granted, it often doesn't work as intended, but the point of politically correct terminology is to reconcile inaccurate or bigoted terminology with reality, not to shield people from reality.

Comment by Rob Klaers on March 27, 2012 at 9:42pm

I agree.  It essentially amounts to a form of censorship. 

Comment by Mabel on March 27, 2012 at 9:45pm

For gord's sake. It is now time for the word police. Give me a friggin break.

Comment by Logicallunatic on March 27, 2012 at 11:02pm

Seems like a spoof article. The Daily Mail is a joke-rag anyway. 

Comment by matt.clerke on March 28, 2012 at 12:53am

Might of been easier to list the things that CAN be mentioned in a test...

Comment by archaeopteryx on March 28, 2012 at 1:16am

A blank newspaper - now THAT's a novelty --

Comment by archaeopteryx on March 28, 2012 at 1:17am

Sorry, I misread - thought it said a newspaper - can't believe NYC, with all its diversity, could knuckle in to the RR!

Comment by Matthew Fonti on March 28, 2012 at 7:30am

I refuse to believe this-it's a mistake, someone found an Onion article, or forgot their glasses or something-but there is no way that this is real-I call bullshit

Comment by Grady Jean on March 28, 2012 at 9:10am

For fuck's sake...next you'll be telling the kids they can't read "1984" or "Slaughterhouse 5", or God forbid something as harmless as "Harry Potter"...this is fucking ridiculous!

Comment by kOrsan on March 28, 2012 at 9:56am

I love how  Americans deprive their kids of the little reality that's left in their lives. I understand when a bunch of messed up freaks want to ban words like evolution because they have their heads up gods ass, but homelessness? Really? Cancer, Divorce? Children dealing with serious issues? Oh yeah, because GOD forbid one of the kids might get the idea that life isn't all sugar 'n candy.


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