[lg policy] Pens and pencils down: NYC schools ban dinosaurs, birthdays, and rock-n-roll

Baron, Dennis E debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Sat Mar 31 00:19:19 UTC 2012


There's a new post on the Web of Language:

Pens and pencils down: NYC schools ban dinosaurs, birthdays, and rock-n-roll

The New York City Department of Education has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that lists fifty words banned from the standardized tests used by the city’s schools, not the dirty words that the U.S. Supreme Court<http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=438&invol=726> ruled that George Carlin could not say on the air, but much more innocuous ones like dinosaurs, birthdays, aliens from outer space, rap, and rock ’n’ roll. A school spokesman told the New York Post<http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/full_list_of_topics_banned_on_nyc_N1RVgNnrweXfNhynJUQNwM> that the words are banned because they could “evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.”

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Dennis Baron
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Department of English
University of Illinois
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