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DINOSAUR! DINOSAUR! DINOSAUR! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! Plus 50 other words that are now forbidden in New York schools! We must protect our children from words as we let them to get run over by vehicles while walking to school!!!

Post by Big Fat Heretic on Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:37 pm

OK, this is really bat-shit crazy!

What in the flying fucking Hell is going on in New York schools???

New York city once had some good schools and some really good teachers.

But now, it looks like all of that has changed!

OK, I remember, back in 1980, when Carl Sagan's COSMOS came out. Carl Sagan grew up in a poor family during the depression. His mother was Jewish, so that would make Carl Sagan Jewish by birth, even though he became an atheist while growing up, he would still be a Jew. Being Jewish is passed down from the mother, even if the father is not Jewish. That's how it works in Judaism, and even if you become an atheist, you're still a Jew by birth.

Carl Sagan lived in Brooklyn, and when he went to school, he had some excellent teachers who had encouraged him in his "odd ambition" to become an astronomer.

Last year, back in 2014, the black astrophysicist and astronomer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, came out with his newest program COSMOS Space-time Odyssey. He was raised in a middle class family, and lived in the Skyview Apartments, a public housing complex in the Bronx. When he was in school, he also had some excellent teachers who encouraged him in his pursuit of science. In fact, his teachers even kept harping on him to not slack off in his homework assignments.

He was a kind of wild teenager, into Hip Hop, and dressed Hip Hop Gansta style. Ya know, a typical black teenager in the Bronx. But he was a good student, who had become obsessed with Astronomy. His parents had bought him a really nice telescope, and living in a 20 story high-rise, he would set his telescope up on the roof. There had been a number of times when someone called the cops, when seeing some "black burglar" on the roof. But then after the cops had arrived, they would be placated by having a look through his telescope, and then, leave without incident. Yes, there was the risk that he might have gotten shot, and he had also been subjected to racial profiling, even after he had graduated from Cornell University.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was often stopped by the cops when he was driving on the way to his office, and he was watched closely when he was shopping in the stores. Also, being about 6 feet 2 inches tall, and now, being rather heavy set, when he's is out walking the streets, strangers would feel intimidated and cross the street to avoid him.  

Anyway . . .

When Neil deGrasse Tyson was going to Cornell University, he was closely acquainted with Carl Sagan, and even stayed overnight in Carl Sagan's home when he was unable to get a bus home late one night. Neil deGrasse Tyson, like Carl Sagan, both went to Cornell University, and Neil deGrasse Tyson even had a chance to work at the Hayden Planetarium.

So, there was a time when New York city had some pretty decent schools and some really good teachers.

But, it appears like all of that has changed!

OK, I know the following articles are outdated, from back in 2012, so I have to wonder if anything has changed much since then. One can only hope.

Anyway . . . . .

Please check out the following article from The Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/new-york-city-bans-refere_n_1380991.html

This really sucks!



New York City Bans References To
Dinosaurs, Birthdays, Halloween,
Dancing In Standardized Tests

The Huffington Post  |  By Laura Hibbard
Posted: 03/26/2012 6:00 pm EDT
Updated: 03/26/2012 6:00 pm EDT


In an effort to eliminate potential "unpleasant emotions" among students, the New York Department of Education has placed a ban on mentions of "birthdays," "dinosaurs," "Halloween," and "dancing," in city-issued tests, the New York Post reports.

According to the paper, the mandate is meant to curb fear that references to those topics might stir controversy among students. Dinosaurs, officials said, could bring up evolution, Halloween could suggest paganism, and birthdays might create animosity among students who are Jehovah's witnesses, since they don't celebrate them.

CBS New York reports the word "poverty" is also not allowed, as "words that suggest wealth" might cause some students to feel excluded. The Center for Educational Innovation's Sy Fliegal told the station the new rules aren't necessary.

"The Petersons take a vacation for five days in their Mercedes  . . . so what," Fliegal said, according to CBS New York. "You think our kids are going to be offended because they don’t have a Mercedes? You think our kids are going to say, ‘I’m offended; how could they ask me a question about a Mercedes? I don’t have a Mercedes!’”

The department is also banning mentions of "divorce" and "disease," in case students have loved ones who are separated or suffering from an illness. "Slavery" is also flagged and "terrorism" is considered too scary.

Department officials told FOX News Nation that the mandates are simply meant to be sensitive to a diverse student body.

"This is standard language that has been used by test publishers for many years and allows our students to complete practice exams without distraction," a Department of Education spokeswoman told the publication, insisting the move is not censorship.

Robert Pondiscio, a spokesperson for the Core Knowledge Foundation, says the new policy gets rid of topics children relate to the most.

"The intent is to avoid giving offense or disadvantage any test takers by privileging prior knowledge," Pondiscio told the New York Post. "But the irony is they’re eliminating some subjects, like junk food, holidays and popular music, that the broadest number of kids are likely to know quite a lot about."

WOW! So now, many words are being banned from New York public schools. And it's probably even worse in the private parochial schools.

Anyway . . . . .

When I was a kid back in the 1960s, I lived in a small town up in northern Minnesota. OK, when I was in the 1st, 2ed, 3rd, and 4th grade, I had some decent teachers who did encourage my interest in science. My fourth grade teacher would sometimes tell me to stay in class after school, not for disciplinary reasons, but because she would hand me a manilla folder with science articles clipped out from magazines.

In our science classes we had learned about astronomy, geology, and about evolution and dinosaurs, and when we had a tests or a quiz, there were questions about dinosaurs that we had to answer based on what we had learned. One time during art class, we were given modeling clay, and our assignment was to make clay dinosaurs.

We had health class, and learned about human anatomy, and we learned about about hygiene, and about diseases and how to avoid them.

We had social studies, and social issues, and family issues were discussed.  

So, the first 4 grades were fun.

It was when I entered the 5th grade, when I had my first male teacher who was a sports obsessed tyrant. So, my 5th grade year really sucked!

The 6th grade was better, and in the 7th grade, I had this history teacher that I liked. He was a big fat guy weighing close to 400 pounds, but he was a nice gentleman, and he tried to make history class more interesting. We talked about the Civil War, and about slavery, and the Revolutionary War, and about how bloody the battles were. And we talked about how badly the native American tribes were treated.

So, despite living in a dirty little town, a corrupt little fiefdom, I did have a few decent teachers. A very few decent decent teachers, that is! Yeah, most of the teachers were not all the competent. But there were a few decent teachers.

And we did talk about slavery, poverty, and wars.

And in grade school, during the 1st, 2ed, 3rd, and 4th grade, when some kid had a birthday, in the classroom, we would all sing happy birthday, and the teacher would pass out cup-cakes.

Also, during Halloween, in grade school, the teacher would pass out some candy bars, and we all came to class wearing our Halloween costumes. I always had home made costumes. One year, I came as Superman. Another year, I came as a bum in old clothes. There was one year when I even came in drag, dressed up as an old lady! It was fun!

Another year, when I was in the 4th grade, my mother had made a robot costume out of a cardboard box covered with aluminum foil, and my arms and legs were wrapped in aluminum foil.

Well . . . when I was in my robot costume, I was unable to sit in my desk. So, the teacher pulled up a small table and a chair for me so I could sit down. Also, because of the aluminum foil wrapped around my arms and legs, I perspired rather heavily. So, the teacher had to open up a window near where I was sitting. Yeah! We all had a good laugh!

Then, before school was over, all the grades, 1 through 4, would meet in the gym. Someone played the piano, and each grade would get out to march around the gym displaying their costumes. When it was time for my 4th grade to march around the gym, I sort of fell behind the other marchers, because I was moving my arms and legs in a stiff robotic fashion instead of just walking like a regular human being, because, I was, after all, a robot! Right? So, I felt the need to play the part, by moving and walking like a robot. It was fun!

It was a really neat costume. It had lights and switches on it and gauges. Well, when I came home, and took off my robot costume, my shirt sleeves and my pants legs were soaked with sweat from having been wrapped up in aluminum foil. I was really thirsty, and for the rest of the day, I felt very tired and weak. But, it was fun!

Yeah! So, back when I was a kid, we were not forbidden to talk about Halloween or birthdays. We celebrated them!!!

In history class, we were not forbidden to talk about wars, or slavery, or terrorism.

And we were not forbidden the say the word dinosaur.

So, what the fuck is going on now???

New York schools are not, any time soon, ever going to produce someone like another Carl Sagan or someone like another Neil deGrasse Tyson.

No! Neil deGrasse Tyson will probably be that last astrophysicist or any kind of scientist to come from New York schools. It appears that New York is going to become more like the south.

How are you ever going to become a scientist, when your school forbids you to say the words "dinosaur" or "evolution"?

OK, here's an article from CBS New York
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/26/war-on-words-nyc-dept-of-education-wants-50-forbidden-words-removed-from-standardized-tests/

Yeah! There are now 50 words that you can't say in school anymore!

Check this out!



News
War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education
Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From
Standardized Tests

'Dinosaur,' 'Birthday,' 'Halloween,' 'Poverty,' 'Divorce' Among Those Suggested
March 26, 2012 7:04 PM


Dennis Walcott (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880, FILE)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — George Carlin is rolling over in his grave.

The New York City Department of Education is waging a war on words of sorts, and is seeking to have words they deem upsetting removed from standardized tests.

Fearing that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued tests.

The word “dinosaur” made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported. “Halloween” is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Julie Lewis’ family celebrates Christmas and Kwanzaa, but she told CBS 2’s Emily Smith she wants her children to appreciate and learn about other holidays and celebrations.

“They’re going to meet people from all walks of life and they’re going to have to learn to adjust,” Lewis said.

Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. “Poverty” is also on the forbidden list. That’s something Sy Fliegal with the Center for Educational Innovation calls ridiculous.

“The Petersons take a vacation for five days in their Mercedes . . . so what? You think our kids are going to be offended because they don’t have a Mercedes? You think our kids are going to say ‘I’m offended; how could they ask me a question about a Mercedes? I don’t have a Mercedes!'” Fliegal said.

In a throwback to “Footloose,” the word “dancing” is also taboo. However, there is good news for kids that like “ballet”: The city made an exception for this form of dance.

Also banned are references to “divorce” and “disease,” because kids taking the tests may have relatives who split from spouses or are ill.

Some students think banning these words from periodic assessment tests is ridiculous.

“If you don’t celebrate one thing you might have a friend that does it. So I don’t see why people would find it offensive,” Curtis High School Sophomore Jamella Lewis told Diamond.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the DOE is simply giving guidance to the test developers.

“So we’re not an outlier in being politically correct. This is just making sure that test makers are sensitive in the development of their tests,” Walcott said Monday.

To which Fliegal responded: “It’s all of life! I don’t know how they figure out what not to put on the list. Every aspect of life is on the list.”

There are banned words currently in school districts nationwide. Walcott said New York City’s list is longer because its student body is so diverse.

Here is the complete list of words that could be banned:

Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)

Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs

Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)

Bodily functions

Cancer (and other diseases)

Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)

Celebrities

Children dealing with serious issues

Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)

Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)

Crime

Death and disease

Divorce

Evolution

Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes

Gambling involving money

Halloween

Homelessness

Homes with swimming pools

Hunting

Junk food

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge

Loss of employment

Nuclear weapons

Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)

Parapsychology

Politics

Pornography

Poverty

Rap Music

Religion

Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)

Rock-and-Roll music

Running away

Sex

Slavery

Terrorism

Television and video games (excessive use)

Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)

Vermin (rats and roaches)

Violence

War and bloodshed

Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)

Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.

OK, as it said in the above article "Some students think banning these words from periodic assessment tests is ridiculous." I would think the majority of students would be opposed to the banning of words.

So, how would schools teach biology and human anatomy? When I was a kid in school, we had diagrams of the human anatomy and the various bodily functions.

What if a kid wants to be a doctor when he grows up?

Children are just naturally curious about things. My mother had books of First Aid and human anatomy. We had a big red medical encyclopedia. When ever we wanted to know something, we just looked it up in the big red book.

I had read lots of books on dinosaurs and evolution.

What if a kid wants to become a paleontologist when he grows up?  

What about history?

In my history classes, we talked about the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War for independence from Briton. We learned about the type of guns and cannons that were used. Our history books had pictures and illustration of the old musket guns and guns with fixed bayonets, and pictures of cannons.

We talked about slavery, and how and why slavery was abolished. We learned mostly American History in grade school, and because I was so interested in Astronomy, after having read books from the public library on Astronomy, and after having read about Copernicus, and Galileo, and Giordano Bruno, I got interested in Renaissance History, and about the Inquisition, and those books had illustrations of the various torture devices that were used by the Roman Catholic Inquisition. Yes, it was horrifying read about, but even at the age of 9 or 10 years old, I was pretty well versed on the topic, and I also liked talking about it, because I felt a need to discuss it.

And because of all the child abuse that is going on, young people feel the need to discuss it.

But NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

All these topics are forbidden!

I guess we just want our kids to grow up ignorant of history, so that they will repeat the same mistakes made in the past. Yeah! If we don't learn from history, we are condemned to repeat it.

My mother was in her 20s during World War II, and she told us kids about what it was like living back in those days, with food, gasoline, and many other commodities being rationed. That was when recycling was invented. People donated their old pots and pans or anything made of metal, that was used for building battleships and airplanes. I remember watching the old Black & White Warner Brothers cartoons which depicted pots and pans and all kinds of junk being melted down to be made into planes and tanks and battleships. People would save their old bacon grease and rancid lard which was used in making explosives. So, recycling is not new. It was done back in World War II, and then, after the war, recycling came to an end, but now, we are recycling stuff again.

Oh! It gets even worse!

While some idiots in New York want to protect kids from words, they don't care if kids might get run over by a vehicle while walking to school.

Here's another article from CBS New York
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/08/councilman-says-department-of-educations-safe-route-is-putting-queens-kids-in-dangers/

Yeah! This is really sweet!

Check this out!



News
Councilman Says Department Of Education’s
‘Safe Route’ Is Putting Queens Kids In Dangers

March 8, 2012 1:50 PM


Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer with parents and school children protesting the
Department of Education’s “safe route” in Queens. (credit: jimmyvanbramer.com)


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Parents and local leaders are blasting the Department of Education’s “safe route” in Queens which they claim is putting school children in danger.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said in the last week there were two accidents at the intersection of Laurel Hill Boulevard and 61st Street in Woodside, a suggested “safe route.”

He claims the DOE is putting the children of P.S. 229 in a dangerous situation on a daily basis.

“Instead of protecting children it places them directly in harm’s way forcing children, as young as 7- and 8-years-old, to walk into one of the most dangerous intersections in all of Queens, forcing them to stare down tractor-trailers just to get to school,” Van Bramer told 1010 WINS.

The DOE’s reversal of policy eliminated bus service which was critical in bringing children living in the Big Six Towers to school safely.

Now, the children must walk what Bramer calls a dangerous route, which involves crossing the service road of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

“I challenge anyone to walk that route, to spend 30 seconds at the corner of Laurel Hill Boulevard and 61st Street and not find that it is a scary and dangerous intersection,” Van Bramer said.

In February, Van Bramer questioned DOE officials for denying a hazard variance which now forces the students to cross over the busy boulevard.

“What is the department of education waiting for? What needs to happen in order for them to restore this bus service?” Van Bramer asked. “We hope to god that we are not waiting for a child to be injured.”

Assembly member Margaret Markey said “a bureaucratic decision is putting the lives of our children needlessly at risk.”

Department of Education spokesperson Marge Feinberg said they will continue to review requests for individual variances.

The department eliminated school-wide waivers two years ago.

Feinberg said the department conducted a review of the intersection in question and determined it “has both a traffic signal and a sidewalk along the underpass.”

OK! I think I get it now!

Oh! We must protect children's sensitive and tender ears from such horrible words, like, dinosaur, evolution, slavery, poverty, dancing, war, etc. etc. etc. but we don't give a good God damn if little children get run over by a truck while walking to school, because, we must save money by not having buses for them to ride to school.

OK! Yeah! That makes perfect sense! I get it!

YEAH RIGHT!!!

Why don't we just throw away the whole God damn Merriam Webster's Dictionary, and just go back to ooga booga caveman talk, and just shut down the schools? Right?

WRONG!!!

I have a much better idea!

Why don't all these fucking retarded right-wing CONservative Republican dip-shits just go join in the march of the lemmings off the nearest cliff!!!

I remember, back in the early 1960s, in the second grade, when I read my first How And Why book on Dinosaurs. I never though, that someday, in the 21st century, that kids in school, especially in a city like New York, would be forbidden to even say the word "dinosaur" in school.

This is the kind of moronic fuck-tardery that one would expect to happen in the southern Republican red states!!!

Has the north become the south???  

It's a good thing for Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, that they were still able to get a good education in New York schools, years before all this shit came down!

But now, things are really bad in New York city.

The city police have become more brutal, and have been killing more blacks.

So, if some black teenage science geek were to be on the roof of a high-rise apartment building tonight, with his telescope doing Astronomy, the cops would come and smash his telescope with their billy-clubs, and then shoot the kid, and throw him off the roof!

Anyway . . . . . getting back to the subject of forbidden words . . . . .

I have to wonder, if kids in school are going to get their mouths washed out with soap by their teachers for saying any of the above forbidden words.

Oh! I think I know what's going on.

Blame it on the corporations! I smell a conspiracy!

I think that perhaps either Ivory Soap or Castile Soap, or perhaps Proctor & Gambol are behind this ruling in the New York school districts. They want to sell more soap to the schools. The teacher will need all that soap to wash out the mouths of kids for saying forbidden words! I get it now!

OK, just kidding! I'm just being cynical.

Anyway . . . . .

I guess that it's a good thing kids are being protected from hearing certain words, while getting run over by trucks while walking to school.

Maybe the parents should just keep their kids out of school so that these kids won't hear any offensive words or get run over by trucks.

No! I have a better idea!

Just try to remember the First Amendment in The Constitution of The United States, freedom of speech, and simply not try to ban word, or books, or certain types of music, or dancing, etc. etc. etc.

I hope some day, scientists discover a way to do time travel.

Then, we can send all these moronic right-wing fuck-tards back about 60 MILLION years to get stepped on or eaten alive by a really huge DINOSAUR!!!

Yeah! Turn them all into dinosaur shit!!!

That's the ticket!

Anyway . . . . .

I don't feel very much in a New York state of mind!

The Big Apple is rotting away and infested with worms!

I'm outta here!
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