Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs
Cancer (and other diseases)
Children dealing with serious issues
Computers in the home
Creatures from outer space
Death and disease
Dinosaurs and prehistoric times
Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes
Homes with swimming pools
In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
Loss of employment
Vermin (rats and roaches)
War and bloodshed
Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.
These are all terms or topics that teachers may not use on tests in New York City Public Schools.
This is presented as food for thought for those who hold that all power in public education should be reserved to the lowest possible level (i.e., the school boards).
Among other things, these rules would make it virtually impossible either to teach or test American History.
Which might be the point.