NYC DOE Caves, Drops Ban On ‘Forbidden’ Words List For Assessment Tests

DOE: We'll Still 'Advise Companies To Be Sensitive To Student Backgrounds'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After gauging reaction from parents, the city’s Department of Education has decided to reverse course on an idea to drop 50 “forbidden” words to avoid on school assessment tests.

Companies creating the tests were being advised to stay away from a range of topics and specific words. Some of the words the DOE wanted left out included: “divorce,” “evolution,” “poverty,” “alcohol” and “abuse.”

The DOE said the list was a recommendation and not an all-out ban.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott previously said the DOE was 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 last week.

The department released a statement saying they would “continue to advise companies to be sensitive to student backgrounds” and “avoid unnecessary distractions that could invalidate test scores.”

What do you think of the decision?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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  1. Perhaps the public education bureaucrats can focus on educating children instead of wasting time and resources thinking of new ways to make our society politically correct.

    1. Michelle says:

      Agreed.

  2. UNCLE TOM says:

    THIS WALCOTT CHARACTER IS THE UGLIEST ALBINO “BLAC K” I HAVE EVER SEEN.HE PUTS MY PEOPLE TO SHAME

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