[Video] New York City Seeks to Formally Ban the Word “Gun” from Standardized Tests

August 9 2013
by GSL Staff
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The NYC Department of Education has released a list of words it wants to see banned from standardized tests taken by students in the city.

According to CBS,

The word “dinosaur” made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported. “Halloween” is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Also quietly making the list are words that are surely despised by the anti-gun New York political machine including, “gun,” “weapon,” and “knives.”

I guess New York City officials want students to feel extra warm and fuzzy while taking tests. Wouldn’t want to upset a student during testing by them reading the gun.

According to the CBS article, banned word lists are fairly common,

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the DOE is simply giving guidance to the test developers.

“So we’re not an outlier in being politically correct. This is just making sure that test makers are sensitive in the development of their tests,” Walcott said Monday.

To which Fliegal responded: “It’s all of life! I don’t know how they figure out what not to put on the list. Every aspect of life is on the list.”

There are banned words currently in school districts nationwide. Walcott said New York City’s list is longer because its student body is so diverse.

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