Sunday, April 1, 2012

50 Words That Have No Place in Education!

AMNH lobby from: NYC in Pictures

What do the words slavery, cancer, dinosaur, and poverty have in common? 

They should be banned on tests in NYC schools! Banned I tell you! Because after all, you can still have tests about things like The Civil War, Human Physiology, Fossils, The Great Depression and such, without ever using these very upsetting words!!!!! We must protect our students in this country! No more upsetting words!

(Um, about the irony that you wouldn't be able to use the word dinosaur on a public school test in the school district with the museum with the largest dinosaur collection on display in the world? Got nothin'.)

Fifty Little Upsetting Words:

  • 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)
  • Celebrities
  • Children dealing with serious issues
  • Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)
  • Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)
  • Crime
  • Death and disease
  • Dinosaurs
  • Divorce
  • Evolution
  • Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes
  • Gambling involving money
  • Halloween
  • Homelessness
  • Homes with swimming pools
  • Hunting
  • Junk food
  • In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
  • Loss of employment
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)
  • Parapsychology
  • Politics
  • Pornography
  • Poverty
  • Rap Music
  • Religion
  • Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)
  • Rock-and-Roll music
  • Running away
  • Sex
  • Slavery
  • Terrorism
  • Television and video games (excessive use)
  • Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)
  • Vermin (rats and roaches)
  • Violence
  • War and bloodshed
  • Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
  • Witchcraft, sorcery, etc

© Bright Nepenthe, 2012

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