A War on Language?

Things are getting beyond ridiculous.

The NYC Department of Education was fifty words banned from students standardized tests, calling them “forbidden.”  Seriously.

Read the article here.

Whatever happened to freedom of speech?  What has happened to education?  Are we so politically correct, tiptoeing around on eggshells that teachers can’t even teach?  Really?  I thought I lived in America, the land of the free and home of the brave.  Now, this morning, I read that we want not to be able to teach children WORDS.

That’s the most half-assed backward thing I’ve heard this morning.

I hear children, teens and even adults using non-words like “conversate” and “hotness” and I cringe each time.  Sometimes I can’t keep my mouth shut and try to tell them that the words are actually “converse” and “heat” but no one listens.  This is the result of a poor education.

Did I mention the word “dinosaur” is one of the so-called “forbidden” words.  Why?  Because it might offend Creationists.  Um, I guess teachers can’t take students to a museum to see dinosaur bones either.  This is stupid.  The word “poverty” is another of the proposed banned words.  I was brought up to believe there was no shame in being poor as long I was clean, honest and minded my manners.  Now the very word that describes a common state in this economy is something to ban?  Ridiculous.

Words are important.  Words are powerful.  Words need to be learned.  We also need to teach how they should not be abused.  My feeling is that if a person knows a word, knows what it means, they can CHOOSE to use it or not.  That’s right folks – hey can choose.

People died fighting for the right for us to have the freedom of speech.  Other people in other countries don’t have that and they fight incredible odds to come here in order to be able to speak their mind.  With idiotic bans like the one the NYC Dept. of Ed is proposing, people won’t have words in their mind to speak.

Instead of fighting words, let’s fight ignorance.

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