This video from the USA says about itself:
Sarah Palin is asked about her belief that the earth is only 6000 years old and that man and dinosaurs co-existed.
Read more about it here.
New York City is not by any means the most Christian fundamentalist part of the USA [see also Most and Least Religious States in America].
So, this bit of today’s news makes one shudder about the situation in the United States Bible Belt …
From the New York Post:
By YOAV GONEN, Education Reporter
Last Updated: 5:01 AM, March 26, 2012
In a bizarre case of political correctness run wild, educrats have banned references to “dinosaurs,” “birthdays,” “Halloween” and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests.
That’s because they fear such topics “could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.”
The forbidden topics were recently spelled out in a request for proposals provided to companies competing to revamp city English, math, science and social-studies tests given several times a year to measure student progress.
“Some of these topics may be perfectly acceptable in other contexts but do not belong in a city- or state-wide assessment,” the request reads.
Also banned are references to divorces and diseases, because kids taking the tests may have relatives who split from spouses or are ill.
Officials say such exclusions are normal procedure.
“This is standard language that has been used by test publishers for many years and allows our students to complete practice exams without distraction,” said a Department of Education spokeswoman, insisting it’s not censorship.
Yet a comparison shows the city’s list, at 50 topics, is nearly twice as long and has fewer exceptions.
Homes with swimming pools and computers are also unmentionables here — because of economic sensitivities — while computers in the school or in libraries are acceptable.
City officials also specified that test makers shouldn’t include items that are potentially “disrespectful to authority or authority figures,” or give human characteristics to animals or inanimate objects.
Terrorism is deemed too scary. Slavery is also on the forbidden list.
“The intent is to avoid giving offense or disadvantage any test takers by privileging prior knowledge,” said Robert Pondiscio, a spokesman for the Core Knowledge Foundation, an education group.
“But the irony is they’re eliminating some subjects, like junk food, holidays and popular music, that the broadest number of kids are likely to know quite a lot about.”
Columbia University Teachers College professor Deanna Kuhn said, “If the goal is to assess higher-order thinking skills, controversial topics, for example, ones that are the subject of political debate, are exactly what students should be reasoning about.”