New York city recently passed a law that banned certain words from standardized tests (source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/50-plus-banned-words-on-standardized-tests/2012/03/30/gIQANuqJkS_blog.html) apparently some of these words or concepts my cause adverse emotions in the students. Quite frankly I find it odd that a they would have to tell test makers to not mention things like divorce, “occult topics” (what ever the heck that means), or abuse of any kind on their tests. these sort of topics don’t really have any purpose on an exam.
What annoys me about this law is that they banned topics such as slavery, catastrophes, disasters, evolution, disease, death, politics, and war are things that should not be banned. How can you teach biology without talking about evolution, disease, and death. how can one learn history with out slavery, disasters, war, and politics.
Our education system may not be perfect but the least we can do in this country is prepare our children for the world out side. By trying to shield our children from concepts that may make them “feel bad” we are not helping them. In fact, we may be harming them. Bad things happened in the past and science covers things that some people do not believe (I will talk about evolution in its own post) or understand that does not mean we should not discuss these things with our children for we and our children should learn from the bad and good things in life. As Martin Luther King jr. once said, “nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”