New Attack On Education.

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    The attack comes from the most dangerous source: the Department of Education.

    "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.

    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."
    War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 'Forbidden' Words Banned From Standardized Tests « CBS New York


    Perhaps they are unaware of this word:
    ed·u·ca·tion/ˌejəˈkāSHən/
    Noun:
    The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, esp. at a school or university: "a new system of public education".
    The theory and practice of teaching.
     
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    Hard to imagine that taxpayers are throwing over ten thousand dollar per child into this boondoggle inappropriately named 'education.'

    Education, from 'e- ducare,' to lead out of....supposedly to lead out of ignorance.

    As a home-schooling parent I find it impossible to imagine similar parents hushing each other to keep vocabulary from their child.

    This is a crime.
    The so-called 'Department of Education' should be charged with fraud.
     
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    Public education is governed by the public. A large percentage of deeds done by states and local boards of education are done to keep the public quiet and docile. Did you ever complain to your local board of education regarding school matters?
     
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    When corporations take over education there'll be plenty to howl about.
     
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    reggie, this is the People's Democratic Republic of New York.
    The OP refers to the "local boards of education."
    Do you like what they did?
    I didn't think so.

    Since I know that reality is defined by actions, not by words, we have
    declined to place our children under the direction of the New York
    City Department of Education.
    We educate at home.
    Nor do we have any vocabulary we deem 'upsetting' to the children, and decline
    from using.

    Wouldn't you agree that all indications are that the system of education is the latest version of featherbedding?
     
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    So, you actually think it would be worse than the present version?


    I subscribe to a private corporation for the lessons we use.
    I'm impressed and more than satisfied.
     
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    Good for you, I have a lot of respect for people who choose to do that. I can also understand it, considering where you live.
     
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    Wait until cost cutting measures appear like using Kelly Girl temps to teach where all is needed is a high school diploma. Turnover will be head-spinning.
     
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    It didn't sound like featherbedding at all, but rather removing some words from some usage in the schools. Why they did it I don't know nor do I really care. This is a matter for their local government which I assume is some type of board of elected officials. If the people in that district are happy then I'm happy. Democracy in action. But the bigger question: is this one of America's educational problems, local control? Should schools be teaching what the local boards want taught or the states or national government? Has the need for quality education out-grown local concepts?
     
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    "I don't know nor do I really care. "

    "The United States may be a superpower but in education we lag behind. In a recent comparison of academic performance in 57 countries, students in Finland came out on top overall. Finnish 15-year-olds did the best in science and came in second in math. Other top-performing countries were: Hong Kong, Canada, Taiwan, Estonia, Japan and Korea.

    How did the U.S. do?

    Students in the United States performed near the middle of the pack. On average 16 other industrialized countries scored above the United States in science, and 23 scored above us in math. The reading scores for the United States had to be tossed due to a printing error."
    Global grade: How do U.S. students compare? - Academic skills | GreatSchools



    I'm an American. I care.
     

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