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

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  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests
    This country has lost its flipping mind. God forbid that students should "feel unpleasant"!
     
  2. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    What is this I don't even.

    How in the nine hells is "birthday" an upsetting word? Are they stoned?

    Wait, no, don't answer that. It's too depressing to consider the mental state of government officials this early in the morning.

    EDIT: Because Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate birthdays. Really? That's their excuse? *sigh* Public school, establishment clause, church-state separation, all that jazz. But more importantly, STOP TREATING KIDS LIKE GODDAMN FABERGE EGGS. They will not shatter into little bloody chunks if their feelings are hurt. There is a difference between momentary mental discomfort and crushing clinical depression. One does not necessarily invariably lead to the other.
     
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  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Can't wait for the comedians to get a hold of this story.

    Here are some other proposed words to be banned. You can't make this (expletive deleted) up:
    What about "Reefer Madness"??!
     
  4. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Oh, sweet Azathoth. They're trying to ban the word "abuse." Has nobody explained to them how bad an idea that is? You don't ban mention of things that may require legal and/or medical action. That only guarantees that it's that much harder to take legal and/or medical action.

    That's it. They're all fired. I'm driving out there and taking their politician cards away. You fail at running affairs of state, go shovel (expletive deleted) for a living, thanks for playing, DON'T come back next week, bye.
     
  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Luckily, it looks like most people, including the Dept of Ed in New York, aren't going along with it. These are apparently just "guidelines." But the mere fact that they were promulgated is embarrassing.

    The stupidity, it burns.
     
  6. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    fo shizzle!
     
  7. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I'm pretty sure "Azathoth" is a forbidden word. ;)
     
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  8. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    What about "phng'lui wgah'nagl fh'tagn?" People are said to go mad from the revelation...
     
  9. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    And the fact that they are just "guidelines" is just as bad.

    This has got to be the dumbest thing I've read in a long time.

    However, you've brought up a painful memory for me ---

    In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge

    The bar exam. In California the bar exam is three days long (3 one hour essays and 1 three hour essay on Tues., all day multiple choice on Wed., and 3 one hour essays and 1 three hour essay on Thurs.), and it's a bear to take. If you screw up on any of it you're likely not to pass.

    My bar experience was bad (of course), but not horrible, and I was feeling pretty good about it all - until I got to the last three hour essay. It was some sports thing about recruiting students. I dimly remembered something in the news from a couple of years prior about issues about recruiting students, but I hadn't tracked it at all. I was irritated that it was about recruiting girl students -- as if that made it just fine to have a three hour question about sports! After my one minute freak-out, I settled into it and wrote about the equal protection clause and ethics and that seemed to be the right answer because I passed. But man was I irritated.

    And don't get me started on the question where our client is a college student who had sex with another student while she was drunk, and who later filed rape charges. Our task? Get the alleged rapist off! Grrr.

    So on one hand, I understand what's going on behind the "guidelines", having experienced the sexism and all during stressful testing. On the other hand, I survived, and so will they.
     
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  10. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I think going mad falls under the category of 'feeling unpleasant' - so yeah, it's banned. ;)
     
  11. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Okay, I admit it: I'm hopelessly (and happily) un-hip. I have no idea what you're talking about. Please explain?
     
  12. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    In general, I loathe sports. Or am occasionally indifferent to them. (Though I love the Olympics.) Way too long a story, whole 'nother subject, don't want to sidetrack discussion. But I totally get where you're coming from.
     
  13. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    It's from H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos (as was Azathoth). It's the chant of the Cthulhu cultists, followers of an ancient god of chaos whose mere appearance can drive mortals insane. A good 1/3 of Lovecraft's stories are about, and written from the perspective of, main characters who have been committed to asylums and are recounting their experiences, often in a desperate attempt to let the truth be known before madness takes them completely and they're no longer able to communicate.

    If you're into really moody, atmospheric horror stories that take their time and scare via ambience and reading between the lines, you'd do well to give him a read. He does use a style many would consider purple prose, but unlike the cases of some other writers *cough*Stephenie Meyer*cough*, it works to the benefit of the story and its mood.
     
  14. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    What CelticWhisper said.

    Lovecraft wrote most of his stories in the '20s and early '30s and you can see it in his writing style. Here's a bit about him. I started reading his short stories when I was about 10 or 11 and was immediately hooked. I reread his stuff every now and again and it's like comfort food for my brain.
     
  15. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I had friends in college who were into him. I just never got around to trying. So many books, so little time.
     
  16. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Some of us run/play in LARPs in that universe. Misktatonic Class Reunion.
     
  17. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Pog ma thoin cw:)
     

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