New York's Department of Education recently revealed a list of items that “could evoke unpleasant emotions in students,” and thus are not to be included in questions on public school exams. These items were explicitly mentioned in requests to companies for new city English, math, science, and social-studies tests. The list includes:

Dinosaurs
Birthdays
Halloween
Dancing
Poverty
Creatures from outer space
Celebrities
Excessive TV and video-game use
Homes with swimming pools
Homes with computers

New York's list of unmentionables, which includes 50 different items, is longer than many other states. It might stimulate higher-level thinking to generate a potential exam question that includes all of the unmentionables; first person to do this gets a gold star. And then the boot from public school.

[via New York Post]