I just came across a random post on a random news blog saying that several words were banned from New York's standardized tests. This included common words, such as Christmas, dinosaurs, birthdays.
I really disbelieved of this so I made a quick search hoping to end up in nothing, but came across several non reliable sources with the same info, and this post from The Washington Post:
You might expect a standardized test to avoid using profane words but, it turns out, other words are banned too and they may surprise you: dinosaur and Halloween, rock ‘n roll and rap music, just to name a few. (...)
I still have a rough time believing in this.
Is this true?