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New York city schools want to ban ‘loaded words’ from tests – CNN.com

In Nonsense on March 30, 2012 at 11:39

New York city schools want to ban 'loaded words' from tests

New York city schools want to ban ‘loaded words’ from tests 

New York (CNN) – Divorce. Dinosaurs, Birthdays. Religion. Halloween. Christmas. Television. These are a few of the 50-plus words and references the New York City Department of Education is hoping to ban from the city’s standardized tests.

The banned word list was made public – and attracted considerable criticism – when the city’s education department recently released this year’s “request for proposal” The request for proposal is sent to test publishers around the country trying to get the job of revamping math and English tests for the City of New York.

The Department of Education’s says that avoiding sensitive words on tests is nothing new, and that New York City is not the only locale to do so. California avoids the use of the word “weed” on tests and Florida avoids the phrases that use “Hurricane” or “Wildfires,” according to a statement by the New York City Department of Education.

In its request for proposal, the NYC Department of Education explained it wanted to avoid certain words if the “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.”

  1. Wow, that’s absolutely ridiculous! I like the end quote in the article about the purpose of education being to push us out of our comfort zones to a place that isn’t necessary warm and fuzzy. So true… What kind of education that’s edited and formatted to fit the whims of every group in the country is going to prepare our children better for the world??
    Thanks for sharing.

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