New York City’s decision to remove some 50 potentially offensive words from their standardized tests won’t come as much of a shock to anyone who works in the public education system, or anyone who somehow made it through the system. The Standard Aptitude Test (SAT) embraced political correctness back in the early 70’s, substituting ethnic names for Scotch-Irish monikers in their word problems. The desire not to offend anyone, ever has been evolving ever since. Oops! Did I say “evolve”? “The word ‘dinosaur’ made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like,” newyork.cbslocal.com reports. “’Halloween’ is targeted because it suggests paganism; a ‘birthday’ might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.” And that’s just the fun stuff. Also banned: any mention of death, disease, violence, war and bloodshed. And that means . . . wait for it . . . no weapons. Including knives and guns. I’m not quite sure how you’d take a history test without all those words, but what really bothers me is that there’s yet another arena where all mention of Israeli supermodels is unwelcome.