#1 Posted on 30.5.03 0654.59 Reposted on: 30.5.10 0656.37
I know that a lot of folks here both left and right disdain the language police, so the revelation from CNN that textbooks "can't say someone has a boyish figure, or is a busboy, or is blind, or suffers a birth defect, or is a biddy, or the best man for the job, a babe, a bookworm, or even a barbarian" is kinda distrubing.
I can't imagine where we're going to be in 25 years; very Orwellian.
#2 Posted on 30.5.03 0932.15 Reposted on: 30.5.10 0933.19
Reminds me of one of my favorites from the Chronicle of Higher Education. About three years ago, they reported that a publishing house in Britain was going to be bringing out new editions of C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" that removed all of the Christian references and allegories. I've often wondered what ever became of that particular project.
As for the inappropriate language, go to any diversity training session for graduate instructors and you'll see and hear much sillier/worse.
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#3 Posted on 30.5.03 1201.03 Reposted on: 30.5.10 1204.05
I heard something about that C.S. Lewis project as well; I don't know if it ever came about though.
I've found that private 2 year and vocational colleges have much less of a P.C. climate than the traditional community colleges and universities do. Then again, there is zero job security for faculty, and the student body are often more difficult to deal with, so even instructors who may want to search out a more balanced educational environment may still try to go to the more traditional, liberal institutions.
Of course, if you define yourself as conservative as I do, then good luck trying to get a teaching job, even a part-time one, at a community college. You have to have a pretty impressive C.V. before they'll even consider you.