Banned From NYC Tests: Dinosaurs, Aliens, Birthdays
Officials ban 50 subjects from city-wide assessment tests
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2012 1:49 PM CDT
New York City students will not have to answer any questions about dinosaurs on citywide assessment tests.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – New York City test-makers are going to have a hard time coming up with acceptable questions to place on students' tests, after officials decided to ban 50 subjects including dinosaurs and birthdays. Why? Because those topics have been deemed potentially controversial, and could make kids upset: Dinosaurs, for example, could remind them of evolution; birthdays got banned because Jehovah’s Witnesses don't celebrate them.

The banned topics "could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students," the officials explained in a request for proposals—the city is looking for a company to revamp some of the annual city-wide assessment tests. Also among the 50 banned subjects, per the New York Post, which notes that while other states do have "sensitivity guidelines," none come close to being this long.

  • Dancing, except ballet, because some groups object to it
  • Words suggesting poverty or wealth, including homes that have pools or computers (but a question about a computer in a school is legit)
  • References to divorce or disease, because some children may have relatives dealing with those things
  • "Creatures from outer space"
  • Celebrities
  • References to excessive TV-watching or video-game-playing
  • Animals or inanimate objects with human characteristics

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Your Take
8% of people agree
that it's Hilarious
Check Out Another Hilarious Story
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 49 comments
Apr 1, 2012 10:28 AM CDT
Jehovah's Witnesses reject Birthdays all holidays,Thanksgiving even benign Mother's day. The Watchtower leaders want to be 'different' for the sake of being different.Jehovah's Witnesses are a dysfunctional group from the get-go . Christmas-Jesus was not born on exactly Dec 25th,but he also did not have his *invisible* second coming in the month of October 1914,a falsehood that is the core doctrine of the Watchtower religion. --''tell the truth don't be afraid--Danny Haszard
Mar 26, 2012 8:17 PM CDT
Why bother with claiming anything as education? Let's all just become a nation of drooling, mindless zombie slaves. After all that's what the government wants, isn't it? Just look at how many people are already complying. You are free to fly anywhere, but first, you must let me molest you, or you must submit to radiation poisoning. You see, you Do still have the freedom of choice!
Mar 26, 2012 7:20 PM CDT
And exactly what subjects are left?