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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Words and phrases your kids may not learn in NYC public schools

Dinosaur
Halloween
Birthday
Poverty
Dancing
Divorce
Disease
Celebrities
Personal Computers
Backyard swimming pools
Politics
War
Violence

... and so many more. 

To be exact, it is not that they won't learn the words at school, but that tests will avoid any words that allude to anything that may be uncomfortable, emote feelings of insecurities or jealousy, or make kids feel left out.  So they won't see words that suggest evolution or creationism.  They won't see words that suggest poverty or riches.  They won't see words that may allude to a religion other than their own, and so forth and so on.  As far as I can see, there will be no nouns or verbs on these tests.  After all, could they use the word "run" when it may upset a handicapped kid?  Can they use the word "pie" when dessert is a rare treat at home?  This is sticky indeed.

And they say homeschoolers are crazy.






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3 comments:

Happy Elf Mom said...

Actually, I see where they are coming from on this!

About the entire public-school month of October is jack-o-lanterns, witch worksheets, ghost this and that and vampires.

December is Santa Claus, Christmas tree and reindeer/presents.

I'm not saying never mention Christmas or Halloween, but it is nice that they are at least thinking about who might be feeling left out or overly preached-to. It does at least avoid the Frederick picking 5 oranges an hour-type worksheet you were protesting before, yk? They might just be going a bit overboard with that idea that people cannot just make stuff up themselves without thinking what others are feeling. But it is nice that they are at least considering others' feelings. :)

Hey! Haven't disagreed with you for a while, have I? Sort of feels weird. :)

Ahermitt said...

I'm just glad that as homeschoolers, we don't have to worry about what words might insult or upset our kids... we can follow our parental instincts. But while I may tip-toe around slave-beatings (per previous post), kiddo's gonna have to suck-it-up if they are bothered about another kid having a pool or a Porche.

Happy Elf Mom said...

Yeah... I have to admit that's a little overkill there. Though if every question on the test were about vacationing in Europe, boarding school and polo I could see where the writers would have to knock it off.

Too bad "common sense and balance" can't be legislated. :)