Politics & Pornography — Dirty Words

Sometimes I wonder what’s happening in the world that is public education as I no longer have children attending. Usually I regret exploring the goings on because much of it is off the wall. Well, New York City has a proposal from Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott that proposes a list of 50 words that should not be included on standardized tests. Here is that list:

•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.

Now, I realize I am from another generation. But my take is I would agree that zero of these words should be eliminated from the tests. It appears the intent in NYC is to isolate the children from the real world and to try and be everything to everyone. And certainly try to not offend anyone. Maybe this is par for the course at a time when the score isn’t kept, everyone gets a trophy, and everyone has to play.

Have any words to delete or add?


  1. Only in NYC do the nannies think they can wish away anything bad. While you’re at it, don’t mention trans fat or table salt on any standardized test, either.

  2. I will confess the last time I was there I basically stopped eating after seeing the calories on menus. Oh, cow. That was not at all pleasant.