The NYC Department of Education (D.O.E.) has issued a list of words it wants removed from the city’s standardized tests. Among them: dinosaurs, poverty, divorce and birthdays.
The department, in what many are claiming is a case of political correctness run amok, states the words in question might make students feel bad or somehow excluded. The rationale for some of the banned words is as follows:
- Dinosaur might offend Creationists
- Poverty may remind some students that they are poor
- Divorce may remind some students that their parents are divorced
- Birthday may offend Jehovah’s Witnesses, who do not celebrate birthdays:
Other cities and states ban words that might offend students, the D.O.E. defends, saying this list is merely a guideline for test developers to be sensitive to New York’s’ highly diverse student body.
Critics claim that while they appreciate the D.O.E.’s efforts to be sensitive to its diverse student body, it is underestimating students’ comprehension of the world around them, where some celebrate Kwanzaa while others celebrate Hanukah, some believe in Allah and some believe in Buddha, and some kids are rich and some are poor (and they’re all smart enough to know the difference).
Read the whole list at CBS New York.