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In a relieving update to a story posted last week, New York has reconsidered it’s plans to ban ‘controversial’ words like ‘dinosaur’ from their school textbooks. CNN reports:
One week after New York’s Department of Education drew controversy with a request to ban 50 words and references from the city’s standardized tests – including “dinosaur,” “birthday” and “religion” – the department announced Tuesday that it is abandoning the plan.
CNN Illustration – NYC had initially sought to keep words like “dinosaur” and “Halloween” off standardized school tests.
“After reconsidering our message to test publishers and the reaction from parents, we will revise our guidance and eliminate the list of words to avoid on tests,” New York Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky said in a statement.
“We will continue to advise companies to be sensitive to student backgrounds and avoid unnecessary distractions that could invalidate test scores and give an inaccurate assessment of how students are doing,” the statement continued.
The list of words New York hoped to ban from tests was made public when the city’s education department released this year’s “request for proposal” for test publishers across the country. The city is looking for vendors to revamp math and English tests for its students.
The list of words, which included “divorce,” “Halloween,” “Christmas” and “television,” attracted considerable criticism, with many alleging it was political correctness gone too far.
In its request for proposal, the NYC Department of Education explained that it wanted to avoid certain words if “the topic is controversial among the adult population and might not be acceptable in a state-mandated testing situation; the topic has been overused in standardized tests or textbooks and is thus overly familiar and/or boring to students; the topic appears biased against (or toward) some group of people.”
Matthew Mittenthal, a spokesman for the NYC Department of Education, said last week that this is the fifth year his agency has created such a list. The request for proposal said certain words “could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.”
Apparently, many of the words on New York’s list were avoided because of faith-based concerns.
For instance, the use of the word “birthday” or the phrase “birthday celebrations” may offend Jehovah’s Witnesses, who do not celebrate birthdays. A representative for the Jehovah’s Witnesses declined to comment on the use of the word “birthday.”
Read more: CNN
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