“Birthday” – Banish from Tests

The Dept. of Education in NYC has released its list of “too sensitive” and “controversial” words that may be banned from standardized tests in NYC schools. If a word evokes a controversial topic or “appears biased” against some people, it could be put on the list. (What a slippery slope; any word can evoke an unpleasant association and cause tension for someone out there.) Among the more surprising words and phrases deemed too problematic: birthday, dinosaur, and pepperoni.

 

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