There’s a new law in New York that is absolutely ridiculous and should not have ever been thought of. It’s a law that polices political correctness. The law forces test makers in New York to leave out words like Birthday or Dinosaur so not to offend any one group of individuals. The law restricts words that people use every day and there’s really no way to avoid the use of them especially when the New York prohibit the use of fifty commonly used words. The list is comprehensive and ranges from words like birthday to abuse. Why would a word like abuse be on a standardized test. I can only imagine that question, “There are five children. Two of them are abused but four of them have bruises. How many children have bruises?”
The premise is somewhat reasonable. The law makers in New York want to protect children from being hurt or possibly being accidentally made to relive something horrible that happened in the past. This goes over the line of necessary protection though. If they don’t want to offend any one then have the test makers make sure they create the tests with questions that wont be perceived as offensive rather than cutting out the use of certain words that possibly, but most likely won’t, offend some people. This law is a perfect example of A) political correctness going way too far and B) government over stepping their boundaries even if they have the best intentions in mind.
There’s another problem with this law. If they tell test makers not to use words like slaves or poverty on tests how can you teach kids about things like Pre- Civil War America or America during the Great Depression. This law is contradictory and will leave kids in catastrophic idiocy, which will lead to higher rates of poverty. Wait I’m not sure if I can use that word some one might be offended. These are words that can not and must not be avoided. To keep kids from seeing these words is only going to make it tougher for them when they grow up and deal with this stuff on a regular basis.
It’s absolutely ignorant to believe that if we don’t talk about something then it doesn’t exist. Ignorance isn’t a good thing and it never has been so why do Americans continue to hide things from children or from regular Americans. We as a nation don’t need to be coddled or held close. We need to have veil removed from our eyes and examine and take everything for what it is rather than for what we want it to be. We all need to grow up and be more mature and stop being so willfully ignorant because the longer we accept the ignorance the longer we will be in the dark being controlled like puppets by some creepy puppeteer.
And I know I kind of sounded like a conspiracy theorist in this post and I don’t really like sounding that way.
Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)
Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs
Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)
Cancer (and other diseases)
Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)
Children dealing with serious issues
Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)
Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)
Death and disease
Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes
Gambling involving money
Homes with swimming pools
In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
Loss of employment
Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)
Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)
Television and video games (excessive use)
Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)
Vermin (rats and roaches)
War and bloodshed
Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.