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  • I had many unpleasant emotions while a student at P.S. 150 in Queens, and later on my visits to the New York City Board of Education at 110 Livingston St., in Brooklyn. I'm glad they're finally doing something about it.

    Pens and pencils down: NYC bans tests about dinosaurs, birthdays, and rock-n-roll

    The New York City Department of Education has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that lists fifty words banned from the standardized tests used by the city’s schools. These are not the dirty words that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that George Carlin could not say on the air, but innocuous ones like dinosaurs, birthdays, aliens from outer space, rap, and rock ’n’ roll. A school spokesman told the New York Post that the words are banned because they could “evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.”