New York City has gotten a reputation for banning strange things - like large soft drinks. That one is thanks to mayor Bloomberg,
But the NY Department of Education have topped him.
They've banned certain words and phrases from class rooms and tests. They don't want the children to feel "bad."
Being ignorant is apparently acceptable, though.
Imagine trying to teach history without using words like "slavery" or "war." Or science without "tsunamis" or "evolution."
"Religion" also made the no-no list - but we kind of knew that.
So has "witchcraft" - but that seems fair given that religion ban.
Oh, and don't mention "sex" or "pornography" or even "television" - given the predominance of the first two on television shows that makes sense.
GKC might take exception to the ban on "alcohol" or tobacco products.
And don't bring up "cancer" or "politics" - which seem to be related anyway.
Here's a list of words and phrases to avoid:
- 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.