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NYC Bans Mention of Dinosaurs, Dancing, Birthdays On Student Tests

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the prepositions-banned-for-being-too-elitist dept.

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New submitter SchroedingersCat writes "New York educators banned references to 'dinosaurs,' 'birthdays,' 'Halloween' and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests. That is because they fear such topics 'could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.' Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists; birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah's Witnesses; and Halloween suggests paganism. Homes with swimming pools and home computers are also unmentionables — because of economic sensitivities. The city asks test companies to exclude 'creatures from outer space' as well — for unspecified reasons."

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April fools (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502469)

April 1st is a few days away still yet...

Re:April fools (5, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | about 2 years ago | (#39502523)

That's what I was thinking, is this an Onion article that got out of control?

They live in New York. Isn't the slogan "Fuck you and piss on your corpse."?

Re:April fools (2)

jhoegl (638955) | about 2 years ago | (#39502563)

Ask Madonna that last question

But this is pretty surprising... I mean, it seems very unreal.

Re:April fools (1, Troll)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 years ago | (#39502591)

They live in New York. Isn't the slogan "Fuck you and piss on your corpse."?

That's in the City where there are normal people.

The real freaks live upstate.

Re:April fools (1)

AmigaMMC (1103025) | about 2 years ago | (#39502627)

What happens if the test is about the Mesozoic? No mention of life form in that case? Let's pretend all there was was insects and fish?

Re:April fools (4, Funny)

Genda (560240) | about 2 years ago | (#39502799)

Sorry, no can do... the earth is only 6,000 years old, in fact the universe is only 6,000 years old and all them fossils were the result of the great flood! God has an incredible sense of humor... he created a brand new universe that was already 14 billion years old, just to test our faith. Who do you believe, your eyes or God?

Re:April fools (4, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 years ago | (#39502903)

How old is Maggie Simpson, or Mickey Mouse? I'm not saying that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, but if a God did create something to look 14 billion years old, then that's how old it would look despite our best testing.

Re:April fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39503115)

State motto, not slogan.
Intellectual leaders for the nation, ask one...

Barney is fucked! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502477)

Stupid dancing birthday dinosaur. Also banned: fun, individuality, independant thought.

Re:Barney is fucked! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502517)

What's 'independant' thought?

Re:Barney is fucked! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502733)

Don't worry, comrade, we'll let you know.

Re:Barney is fucked! (5, Funny)

Chrutil (732561) | about 2 years ago | (#39502773)

What's 'independant' thought?

I think it's slang for a thought locked inside a necklace.

Re:Barney is fucked! (1)

Genda (560240) | about 2 years ago | (#39502839)

These are thoughts that happen independent of you and are non of your concern, you can find more information on page 1272 of your citizens handbook.

Re:Barney is fucked! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502915)

My guess is you can't mention that 2 + 2 = 4 either because there might be some offended dilholes that believe 2 + 2 = 5. Honestly, we have all kinds of people out there. Some of them believe some pretty outrageous stuff. While you can try to be polite to people of all beliefs, you really can't try to tailor reality to them. If some religious dude doesn't want to hear about dinosaurs, have him go to a religious school or be home schooled. The rest of us can't pretend there weren't any such things. We would be creating a society of people who lacked basic science information and couldn't compete with people from places where education teaches you reality. If some other person's family doesn't believe in celebrating holidays, that's fine - the family has the responsibility to teach the child why they don't agree with having birthday parties and why it "seems" to the kid like they are the only "mean" family on the block. If someone is upset that they don't have a pool (hell, I don't have one), teach them about the value of hard work combined with a smidgeon of luck.

Reality folks - that's where we live. Believe what you want. My beliefs shouldn't affect you, your beliefs shouldn't affect me. And I sure as hell don't mind having my kids see yachts on a test even though we can't afford one. They can show churches on a test too - even though I don't go to one.

Hmm (3, Insightful)

lightknight (213164) | about 2 years ago | (#39502495)

And there was a time when people would strive to find things that challenged them, if only to learn more about themselves.

A British Test (5, Funny)

dintech (998802) | about 2 years ago | (#39502617)

Gang Name:

1. Simon has 0.5 kilos of cocaine. If he sells an 8 ball to Matt for 300 quid and 90 grams to Ollie
for 90 quid, what is the street value of the rest of his hold?

2. Damon pimps 3 bitches. If the price is GBP40 a ride, how many jobs per day must each bitch
perform to support Damon's GBP500 a day coke habit?

3. Crackster wants to cut the kilo of cocaine he bought for 7,000 quid to make a 20% profit. How
many grams of Strychnine will he need?

4. Trev got 6 years for murder. He also got GBP350,000 for the hit. If his common law wife
spends GBP33,100 per month, how much money will be left when he gets out?
Extra Credit Bonus: How much more time will Trev get for killing the slapper that spent his

5. If an average can of spray paint covers 22 square metres and the average letter is 1 square metre,
how many letters can be sprayed with eight fluid ounce cans of spray paint with 20% extra paint
free ?

6. Liam steals Jordan's skateboard. As Liam skates away at a speed of 35mph, Jordan loads his
brother's Armalite. If it takes Jordan 20 seconds to load the gun, how far will Liam have travelled
when he gets whacked?


(If longer please continue on a separate sheet)
Daddy's/Mummy's Company:

1. Harry smashes up the old man's car, causing x amount of damage and killing 3 people. The old
man asks his local Chief Constable to intervene in the court system, then forges his insurance claim
and receives a payment of y. The difference between x and y is three times the life insurance
settlement for the three dead people. What kind of car is Harry driving now?

2. Fiona's personal shopper decides to substitute generic and own-brand products for the designer
goods favoured by her employer. In the course of a month she saves the price of a return ticket to
Fiji and Fiona doesn't even notice the difference. Is she thick or what?

3. Tristram fancies the arse off a certain number of debutants, but he only has enough Rohypnol left
to render 33.3% unconscious. If he has 14 tablets of Rohypnol, how is he ever going to shag the
other two thirds?

4. If Verity throws up 4 times a day for a week she can fit into a size 8 Versace. If she only throws
up 3 times a day for two weeks, she has to make do with a size 10 Dolce & Gabbana. How much
does liposuction cost?

5. Henry is unsure about his sexuality. Three days a week he fancies women. On the other days he
fancies men, ducks and vacuum cleaners. However he only has access to the Hoover every third
week. When will he stand for parliament?

Re:A British Test (5, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 2 years ago | (#39502775)

Brillo! But, it's LSD that you cut down with strych, mate! Coke is don ewith laxitive powder.

Re:Hmm (3, Insightful)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#39502663)

RTamerica has more about WHY they did this. The reasons ALMOT make sense..... if you want children to grow-up with no ability to deal with stressful words/ideas.

"Dinosaurs were thrown out, for example, as they call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists. Birthdays shouldnâ(TM)t be mentioned because they arenâ(TM)t celebrated by Jehovahâ(TM)s Witnesses. Halloween appeared on the black list as it suggests paganism. Dancing is taboo, because some sects object..... Terrorism was considered too scary. Poverty is on the forbidden list as well as words that suggest wealth because they could make kids jealous. Divorces, as well as diseases, are also set to be forbidden in order to not traumatize kids having relatives who split from spouses or are ill.

"Officials say they are simply trying to avoid topics that "could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.' " - http://rt.com/usa/news/school-test-list-ban-656/ [rt.com]

Re:Hmm (2)

Genda (560240) | about 2 years ago | (#39503059)

What would a person have to believe in these days to even get a rise out of society... perhaps this?

More important, why are we letting the mouth breathers and knuckle draggers dictate what our children will experience? Are we in fact trying to homogenize our young into a consistent state of profound stupidity? Is that now the goal of public education?

Re:Hmm (4, Insightful)

jamstar7 (694492) | about 2 years ago | (#39502817)

I'd love to know how they can call this 'No Child Left Behind' if they're never picked up in the first place. Seriously, they expect their kids to compete in the Real World when they can't teach natural history, history, science, and math?

Oh, well, it was an interesting civilization while it lasted. Time for my Mandarin lesson...

Nuts (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502505)

You know something is wrong when real life seems like a South Park episode.

Re:Nuts (2)

alonsoac (180192) | about 2 years ago | (#39502763)

If I saw this in a South Park episode I would say "haha that's funny, 'cause it would never happen in real life". I guess it is that funny after all.

April Fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502509)

It's not April 1st yet, you released this too early.

As a responsible teacher... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502521)

I now feel the need to write a single test question that involves every item on this list.

Aren't they missing something? (5, Funny)

Hartree (191324) | about 2 years ago | (#39502525)

Shouldn't they just ban the tests, since tests make many students feel uncomfortable?

Re:Aren't they missing something? (5, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 2 years ago | (#39502813)

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

Re:Aren't they missing something? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502989)

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

Yes. However, not for the reason you suspect.

Great (4, Insightful)

Cosgrach (1737088) | about 2 years ago | (#39502535)

This is about the stupidest thing that I have read all day. These people need to grow up.

Re:Great (0, Flamebait)

bmo (77928) | about 2 years ago | (#39503043)

It's the fucking New York Post.

The Post is the Fox News of NYC newspapers.

Putting this story on Slashdot is bullshit and more suitable for Fark, where I saw it *the first time*

Protip for everyone: There's a lot missing to this story.


Leaked question (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502541)

Question: A man walks into his house and flips the switch to his 60-watt lightbulb for 8 hours. How many kWh does the lightbulb use?

Answer: None, because his electricity was disconnected several months ago due to the economic downturn.

April 1st (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502545)

... isn't for another three days!

I also propose to ban (5, Insightful)

gweihir (88907) | about 2 years ago | (#39502555)

"Test", because it evokes unpleasant emotions.
"New York", because it could be associated with stupidity.
"Student", because that could be mistaken for somebody that wants to learn and has an open mind.

Seriously, there is a limit. Modern human beings should have a reasonable level of tolerance for ideas that are not their own, and only reject them after they have looked at them carefully. (Yes, that includes actually looking at creationism and concluding for yourself that it is stupid.) They absolutely must have an open mind for all things scientific.

Re:I also propose to ban (0, Troll)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 2 years ago | (#39502771)

That's liberalism for you and all the politically correct BS that goes along with it. Coddled children grow up to be stupid sheeple that are just ripe to be controlled. If you even so much as dare show that you have a pair, they will cut them off. That at least is top priority in their view. Eunuchs! All of you!

Re:I also propose to ban (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502819)

That's liberalism for you

Yeah! They should put back all the questions! Except the ones about dinosaurs, they offend my religion!

Re:I also propose to ban (0, Troll)

The Evil Atheist (2484676) | about 2 years ago | (#39502927)

It is the religiously conservative parents that coddle children you retard. Liberal parents don't tend to beat their kids for doing minor bad things (ie, opposite of coddling), but I suppose you'll ascribe anything to liberals because, to you, it's now just a word that represents everything bad whether they actually represent real world liberals or not.

Re:I also propose to ban (0)

headhot (137860) | about 2 years ago | (#39503005)

Oh an those damn pagan hating liberals. And those damn liberal Jehovah's Witnesses. Its not the liberals who complain about BS like this. Its the fundy nutjobs.

Re:I also propose to ban (5, Funny)

pseudofrog (570061) | about 2 years ago | (#39503061)

1) Find something I don't like.
2) Assert that it "comes with liberalism."
3) Raaage...raaaaaaaaage on the internet.
4) Pretend that's what Jesus would have done.

reminds me of that scene in robocop 2.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about 2 years ago | (#39502577)

You know? The one where the psychologist chick fills his head with hundreds of "sensitivity" politically correct directives, transforming him into a total dumbass?

Except in this case, its the city making schools look that way.

NYC needs to wake up and smell the sewerage, and accept that you can't please everyone and it is retarded to try.

Questions on Faith & Humanity? (3, Insightful)

malraid (592373) | about 2 years ago | (#39502595)

I hope they get rid of those two. Because I just lost all my faith in humanity. “I Don't Want to Live on this Planet Anymore”

Re:Questions on Faith & Humanity? (2)

TWX (665546) | about 2 years ago | (#39502689)


They've banned outer space creatures! You can't do that!

Yea, this helps, all right. (4, Insightful)

Cazekiel (1417893) | about 2 years ago | (#39502609)

Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists; birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah's Witnesses; and Halloween suggests paganism.

Once again, religious sensitivities prevail over having an eclectic set of experiences in the world around us. And mentioning swimming pools equates to classism? We're asking our kids to not acknowledge things in existence. What next? Closing down art museums because holy-hell, some features paintings with naked people? For real, can we get a grip already? Dinosaurs. They're worried about mentioning. Fucking. Dinosaurs.

Re:Yea, this helps, all right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502831)

We're asking our kids to not acknowledge things in existence.

No, no one is doing that. You just made it up. NYC asked test writers not to mention swimming pools at people's homes. What does that freak you out?

Re:Yea, this helps, all right. (1)

Cazekiel (1417893) | about 2 years ago | (#39502895)

Because there are people in the world who have swimming pools, and there's nothing wrong with that. Some of those people AREN'T living in mansions, my co-worker included. To insist that pool-ownership is classist is to toss everyone in the pot when they don't belong in it.

Re:Yea, this helps, all right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502859)

No. It's not the religious sensitivities that are prevailing. It's some BS committee making up their own ideas about what might upset X based on their own biases.

Re:Yea, this helps, all right. (1)

Cazekiel (1417893) | about 2 years ago | (#39502921)

Besides the pools=richy-rich, yes, all the mentions above are biases. And all of those biases are religiously linked. Which ones aren't--the Fundamentalists, JWs or Paganism? Last I knew, those were religions. Amirite?

Re:Yea, this helps, all right. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502935)

What do they do what the test is on dinosaurs? I was always more pissed off that they asked me essay questions which were not applicable to me. In no way shape or form could I have written about the subject. Not to mention 'personal' stuff. Like for instance recording my food intake. That is none of the schools damm business. Or write about a personal experience. Screw you. My PERSONAL life is not YOUR DAMM BUSINESS.

Wait! (1)

jd (1658) | about 2 years ago | (#39502613)

The small furry creature from Alpha Centauri is now feeling discriminated against!

Seriously, there's a lot wrong with tests - they generally measure your test-taking ability not your skill/knowledge in the subject, any test that can be passed by a simple keyword recognition system is measuring your memory only, etc - but the "problems" given are not amongst the things wrong.

It is CERTAINLY wrong not to mention evolution - if you want to take an R.E. exam, that's down the hall, third on your right, through the window. Yes, the one without stairs on the outside.

'creatures from outer space' (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502623)

'Creatures from outer space' is offensive to those who choose not to follow the tenets of imagination.

Scientology Needs Compassion Too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502665)

"The city asks test companies to exclude 'creatures from outer space' as well — for unspecified reasons." Well, Dinosaurs upset another religion. So, this covers Scientologists.

Why JWs don't celebrate birthdays (5, Informative)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#39502671)

There's a reason JWs don't celebrate birthdays. Both mentions of birthdays in the Bible, one in the Hebrew Scriptures and one in the Greek Scriptures, ended up with the birthday boy ordering someone's execution. See Genesis 40:20-22 and Mark 6:21-27.

Re:Why JWs don't celebrate birthdays (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | about 2 years ago | (#39502747)

There's a reason JWs don't celebrate birthdays. Both mentions of birthdays in the Bible, one in the Hebrew Scriptures and one in the Greek Scriptures, ended up with the birthday boy ordering someone's execution. See Genesis 40:20-22 and Mark 6:21-27.

So the lesson is... people with birthdays are assholes?

Re:Why JWs don't celebrate birthdays (4, Funny)

Cazekiel (1417893) | about 2 years ago | (#39502811)

My birthday's coming up on Sunday, April 1st. I celebrate it, even though I can't tell you how many times I was subjected to intricate pranks. The worst one? When I was around 9 or 10, my mom came into my room to wake me up and said, "Hey... it snowed a ton last night, and they canceled school," only to leap outta bed, look out my window and see nothing but sunshine and green grass. The scarring. Oh, the scarring... I may as WELL have been executed. Woe is me!

Give my regards to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502679)

I for one applaud NY for at least trying to be consistent about their censorship, rather than merely pandering to one demographic's agenda.

Now we've got another answer to the morons in places like Tennessee if they want to remove references to evolution and dinosaurs: "in that case, we should go the New York way and do it properly".

I wonder (1)

M0j0_j0j0 (1250800) | about 2 years ago | (#39502681)

How do these kids or parents react when they go to the natural museum of history and have to deal with a huge Trex fossil, they just ignore it? say it's fake?

Re:I wonder (1)

TWX (665546) | about 2 years ago | (#39502749)

Schools inform parents of pending field trips and require a parental consent permission slip to be signed and returned before a student is allowed to go on each and every trip. That curtails an avenue of complaint, as the school district actually keeps those permission slips and will produce it if a parent complains about what a kid was officially exposed to on a field trip. The parent is notified about where the child is to go, and if the parent disagrees then they are free to simply not sign or return the slip, or to note negatively on the slip, depending on how the school district handles such things.

At least someone is thinking of the children (2)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 2 years ago | (#39502711)

Next on the list, they should either:
A) Ban children from libraries, or
B) Ban any books than mention any of these subjects

No Offence! (1)

layabout_guy (2573519) | about 2 years ago | (#39502715)

Life isn't and shouldn't be so sheltered. If anyone is offended (which is highly doubt) they should 'man up' and deal with it. At no point did anyone in the chain of command think this was a stupid idea

someone needs to put down the pipe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502731)

this is the most ridiculous thing i have heard since sponge bob first aired!

Test limitations (3, Interesting)

danielpauldavis (1142767) | about 2 years ago | (#39502735)

Does anyone realize that some test-takers don't know what a "pillow" is? So yeah, the poor kid will stare at some word, wondering what it is, get a worse than accurate score, because the test is testing something that WASN'T TAUGHT IN CLASS. That's what this little rule is trying to avoid. Fair testing for all. 'Bout time.

Dinoaurs? (1)

busyqth (2566075) | about 2 years ago | (#39502737)

Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists...

What? Why does NYC think that fundamentalists have a problem with dinosaurs?
Noah's ark was plenty big enough for two of each kind of dinosaur baby.

Re:Dinoaurs? (sic) (2)

Cazekiel (1417893) | about 2 years ago | (#39502863)

There are big differences between an everyday Christian and Fundamentalist; the most showcased of all differences is that a Fundy has to believe that the Bible is the end-all, no mistakes included way of the world. No picky-choosy, ever. In order to do that, they need to believe that the world (and the encompassing universe) is only 6,000 years old. To acknowledge the fact that dinos existed, with its carbon-dated proof is to instantly dispute the Bible's teachings. Therefore, they will dismiss anything, anything, that goes against one iota of the Good Book's teachings, no matter how much proof is given.

No one has the right.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502745)

Sorry, but no one has the right to not be offended. Suck it up, grow a thicker skin, and get over it.

Years ago .. (4, Funny)

OzPeter (195038) | about 2 years ago | (#39502779)

I knew a woman who worked as a kindergarten teacher. She had a bunch of Jehovah's Witnesses kids in her class. When any of those JW kids annoyed her past her tolerance limit (which if you are a Kindergarten teacher must be pretty high to start with) she would send home a note to the parent mentioning that they would be celebrating another kids birthday that week. When the JW parents saw such notes they would yank their kids from school for that day - thus instant relief! The kicker was that the parents never worked out that they celebrated more birthdays during the year than there were kids in the class.
And to dick with the parents some more she used to make sure all the kids knew how to sing "Happy Birthday".
On the flip side I once had some JW come to the door soliciting their beliefs .. on Christmas day .. with kids in tow. Talk about cruel to the kids.

Re:Years ago .. (3, Insightful)

Cazekiel (1417893) | about 2 years ago | (#39502873)

A small part of me says "dude, that's kind of an abuse of power, not sure I agree with that on an ethical level."

A large part of me says "FUCK ethics, give that teach a raise."

I got it! "creatures from outer space" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502781)

Scientology. We can't hurt their Thetan feelings can we.

United States of Idiocracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502793)

In almost constant events like these in this society, a comment like this can not really be looked at as trolling, when it is merelly postulating the future outcome of moronic policies like these.

Yet another problem with government schools (2, Insightful)

Kohath (38547) | about 2 years ago | (#39502845)

Government schools are not appropriate unless the culture is homogeneous. In in a heterogeneous mix of cultures, government schools inevitably tax a person to pay for compulsory lessons that are counter to his culture's beliefs. This is unjust.

Re:Yet another problem with government schools (5, Insightful)

Artifakt (700173) | about 2 years ago | (#39503045)

That's a problem with everything. The position as you state it is a conservative claim, and an extension of similar claims about such things as the National Endowment for the Arts, which inevitably picks some artists viewpoints (and 'art as a form of speech') to favor over others. it sounds pretty logical to many libertarian types.

BUT, it applies to everything! (which is what the people who came up with this argument can't stand to see addressed): The Amish don't want their tax dollars spent on grading high speed curves by the Dept of Transportation. The people who seriously believe the Moon landings were fake don't want a NASA budget just to 'do more fake moonshots'. The Pacifists oppose spending anything at all for the Dept of Defense. The anti-vaccine persons oppose the Center for Disease Control, at least as it stands today. Just ask the nation's 50 million Pot smokers if they want a single dime of their taxes to go to the DEA, or even the BATF, FBI, and others. Many people would claim to oppose a tax on moral grounds if it got them a bigger refund (or whatever) regardless of whether they had an actual moral opinion. If every person has a right to not pay taxes if they run counter to his or her beliefs or alleged beliefs, then there will be next to no taxes at all, and government itself becomes unaffordable. Ultimately, you are demanding absolute Anarchy..

That's fine if you are really an Anarchist. The problem is, are you? Most of the people advancing your argument want it to apply to the parts of government they don't see a need for, and not the rest. Are you willing to apply your argument to Police, Courts, National Defense and such, or just to the things you want "justice tested"
Do you want all taxes to be voluntary, or do you want some of yourrs to be avoidable while mine continue to be manditory?

1984, anyone? (3)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 years ago | (#39502851)

It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought ... should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.

"Effete Corps of Impudent Snobs" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502861)

"Education is being redefined at the demand of the uneducated to suit the ideals of the uneducated"

Fortunately, furries are still permitted (1)

greenreaper (205818) | about 2 years ago | (#39502871)

'creatures from outer space' leaves an awfully big hole! Who needs to go to other worlds; you just need a bit of imagination.

oh dear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502889)

im sensative to tests.. and they make me upset.. so lets scrap them all together.

While They Are At It... (1)

SrLnclt (870345) | about 2 years ago | (#39502911)

Better strike WW II from the history books as well. Wouldn't want to offend any German immigrants regarding the events between 1939 and 1945, or bring back bad memories for any Jews living in NYC.

For that matter lets just ban all history books... most of the events in history involve a struggle between two or more parties, and are therefore offensive.

Halloween... (5, Insightful)

Aryden (1872756) | about 2 years ago | (#39502925)

and Halloween suggests paganism.

You mean the religions that most of the christian holidays are based on in the first place?

Don't forget... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502949)

Don't forget to ban "morons", we wouldn't want the New York educators to get upset.

Halloween (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39502969)

Actually, Halloween suggests Christianity.

Halloween is a contraction of "All Hallow's Eve", where "Hallow" is archaic for "Holy". All Hallow's Day was supposed to be a day when you remembered all the dead saints; All Hallow's Eve was the night before it, just as we have Christmas Eve. True, it supplanted the pagan festival of Samhain, but it's in good company there, as Christmas supplanted the pagan festival of Yuletide. The only really legitimate Christian festival is Easter (the timing of which can be traced Biblically to the Jewish Passover), and even then, the name is derived from a pagan goddess (Eostre).

They missed the elephant in the room (1)

sjames (1099) | about 2 years ago | (#39502993)

Above and beyond all of those, the number one thing that 'could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.' is .......(drumroll please.....)


Ban them!!!

creatures from outer space (1)

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) | about 2 years ago | (#39503011)

The city asks test companies to exclude 'creatures from outer space' as well - for unspecified reasons.

So how are they going to get their qualifications? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

They talk about the War on Drugs... (1)

Phrogman (80473) | about 2 years ago | (#39503015)

... and now they seem to be gearing up for the War on Hacking. Why is no one talking about the War on Education? It seems to be well under way in the US, every time I check the web I see another instance of Religious Fundamentalists or Politicians doing their utmost to ensure the US population is as ignorant as possible.
I think they should take away the tax exempt status for all religious institutions, so there is less money to be had by promoting it. That will eliminate a lot of the tele-evangelist types/scammers and just leave us with the true religious people. If they are busy scrabbling to pay the taxes on all those churches, maybe they won't be so able to foster ignorance in lives of others.

Seriously? It's the Post (1)

slimjim8094 (941042) | about 2 years ago | (#39503065)

Take everything they say with a massive fistful of salt. I expected better of most people here... it's pretty well known as a trash rag

Swiming Pools? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39503081)

Just checking... How many people have swimming pools in NYC? I mean I don't live there, but isn't it pretty solid urban? Do they have suburbs of detached homes?

Condos with pools and gyms, sure. But houses with personal pools?

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