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#5577478 - 04/05/12 11:59 AM Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing!
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 Originally Posted By: Yoav Gonen - New York Post; 26 March 2012
In a bizarre case of political correctness run wild, educrats have banned references to “dinosaurs,” “birthdays,” “Halloween” and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests.That’s because they fear such topics “could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.”

Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists; birthdays aren’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses; and Halloween suggests paganism. Even “dancing’’ is taboo, because some sects object. But the city did make an exception for ballet.

The forbidden topics were recently spelled out in a request for proposals provided to companies competing to revamp city English, math, science and social-studies tests given several times a year to measure student progress.

“Some of these topics may be perfectly acceptable in other contexts but do not belong in a city- or state-wide assessment,” the request reads.

Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. Poverty is likewise on the forbidden list.

Also banned are references to divorces and diseases, because kids taking the tests may have relatives who split from spouses or are ill.

Officials say such exclusions are normal procedure.

“This is standard language that has been used by test publishers for many years and allows our students to complete practice exams without distraction,” said a Department of Education spokeswoman, insisting it’s not censorship.


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Read more:

http://nation.foxnews.com/pc-police/2012...n#ixzz1qKMQnqfd





Edited by Hepcat (04/05/12 12:00 PM)
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#5577496 - 04/05/12 12:05 PM Re: Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing! [Re: Hepcat]
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Bongwater saved my life.

One night about 20 years ago, I fell asleep on my bedroom floor next to a lit candle...

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I was about to scoff, but by the end I thought "Yeah, fair enough I suppose."
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#5577500 - 04/05/12 12:06 PM Re: Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing! [Re: Hepcat]
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This is old news.
They reversed their decisions, I believe.
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#5577511 - 04/05/12 12:12 PM Re: Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing! [Re: He11blazer]
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How is the mention of Dinosaurs a sore point for creationists? Even the creationists acknowledge dinosaurs (http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/1999/11/05/dinosaurs-and-the-bible), they just dispute their age/origin/history. The mere fact that they existed doesn't seem to be a sticking point, why make it an issue in the schools?

Seriously, wtf is wrong with education these days??

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#5577515 - 04/05/12 12:12 PM Re: Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing! [Re: Hepcat]
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EXPECIALLY NEWBISH

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 Originally Posted By: Yoav Gonen - New York Post; 26 March 2012
Poverty is likewise on the forbidden list.



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#5577521 - 04/05/12 12:15 PM Re: Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing! [Re: Mr 9.8]
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 Originally Posted By: Mr 9.8
This is old news.
They reversed their decisions, I believe.


this would be the best outcome, thanks for the update

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#5577632 - 04/05/12 12:59 PM Re: Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing! [Re: kaylab]
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Interesting that political correctness can land on both sides of fences. I'm glad they reversed this silliness, too.

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#5577681 - 04/05/12 01:23 PM Re: Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing! [Re: Hepcat]
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#5577760 - 04/05/12 01:52 PM Re: Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing! [Re: truthteller]
Hepcat Offline
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I know American TV news is all too often silly, but this report was in the newspapers.

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#5577793 - 04/05/12 02:05 PM Re: Helicopter school board bans mere mention of Halloween, dinosaurs and dancing! [Re: Hepcat]
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