(WASHINGTONTIMES) — If some Arizona lawmakers get their way, George Carlin’s “Seven Words” routine could be updated — “Seven Words You Can’t Say in School.”
About a half-dozen Republican state senators want to crack down on classroom cursing — only, it’s not the students who are the targets. And it’s TV that sets the rules.
Under legislation introduced this month, public school teachers and university professors could be suspended or even fired for using profanities or other obscene language that would be banned from network television under the Federal Communications Commission’s decades-old indecency policy.
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Language not allowed on prime-time broadcast TV, such as the f-word, also would be off-limits for all instructors at any public school or college across the state. Milder curse words such as “hell” would be permitted.