Via HotAir quoting CBS New York:
Fearing that certain words and topics can make [NYC public school] 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…. ‘Halloween’ is targeted because it suggests paganism; a ‘birthday’ might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Among the 50 are:
-Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)
-Homes with swimming pools
-In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
-Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)
-Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)
-Vermin (rats and roaches)
-Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
HotAir has the complete list and pokes some good fun.
Note that the request is to eliminate these words from city-issued tests. Never having had children in the NYC school district, I don’t know how prevalent tests issued by the city are. Nevertheless… .
#1. Johny got a puppy from the shelter and a b-b gun for Christmas last year. Both sure did come in handy after the hurricane (which overfilled their above ground pool). He used the gun to hunt down the rats that came into the yard, and the puppy hunted the roaches in the house. How many gifts did Johny receive for Christmas?