Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New york schools word ban

  • 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.
  • (CNN)
  • Why dinosaurs? Because they may upset those who don't believe in evolution. The department said in a report obtained by the New York Post that it is taking these steps because such words could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.
  • (Daily Mail)
  • New York City schools teach the broadest, richest curriculum in the nation and we can't let this distract from the important work going on our classrooms.
  • (New York Times)
  • In its defense, New York issued a statement saying that other school systems also have banned words lists Thank goodness New York didn't ban the word "duh." I'm thinking our kids are going to use that one quite a bit.
  • (Nashville Tennessean)
  • In the world of spin control, heres an unenviable job: trying to explain that a ban on hugging in telephone message to the schools families, saying no one would be suspended for hugging, according to CBS New York affiliate.
  • (Education Week)
  • New York - The NYC Dept. of Education has truly lost its marbles. In an attempt to shield students from anything unpleasant it is proposing to ban 50 words from standardized as the student body is so diverse.
  • (Digital Journal)
  • In its defense, New York issued a statement saying that other school systems also have banned words lists Thank goodness New York didn't ban the word "duh." I'm thinking our kids are going to use that one quite a bit.
  • (The Spokesman-Review)
  • The New York City Department of Education is asking teachers to ban words from tests for students in schools. One banned word is dinosaur, ostensibly because it might offend creationists. (Read) Read another story here.
  • (StandardNet (blog))
  • The New York school students (spring break starts on Friday): A public hearing on the turnaround plan for Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the school, 3000 East Tremont Avenue.
  • (New York Times)

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