By John Lea
What number occasions have you ever heard the word: `it’s all political correctness long gone mad!’ Do you ever ponder whether schools and universities are particularly awash with trivial issues concerning the use of language or whether or not they are literally attempting to handle severe issues approximately discrimination and harassment? have you desired to resolve what all of the fuss is ready? This ebook is the 1st significant research of political correctness in put up obligatory schooling to be released within the united kingdom. For readers within the united kingdom strange with the character of the controversies in US collage campuses this ebook deals a accomplished overview of the major subject matters, together with who and what was once in the back of key campaigns. For readers within the US unusual with how this cultural export has faired within the united kingdom this ebook appears to be like on the major similarities and transformations within the ways in which the word has been utilized in either societies. except addressing the roots of political correctness the e-book seeks to teach how the word has helped to complicate the normal barriers among these at the political Left and people at the political correct. The booklet additionally demonstrates in transparent phrases how the word is critical to figuring out key issues in cultural thought, akin to postmodernism and identification politics. This publication is meant to be of curiosity to a couple of readers: academics operating in faculties and universities; instructor educators and pupil academics engaged on programmes of preliminary instructor schooling; scholars learning undergraduate programmes in comparative politics and/or sociology and cultural experiences eventually, the booklet will search to catch the reflections of renowned teachers and educationalists bon either side of the Atlantic, who've labored in environments the place the word has impinged on elements in their paintings during the last twenty 5 years. in the event you imagine that `political correctness’ easily quantities to what jokes you're allowed to inform in a school room, optimistically this booklet will problem you to reassess.
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Bennett moves on to state the essential characteristics required of a good teacher – mastery of the material and engagement: ‘they [good teachers] are moved and are seen to be moved by the power of the works and are able to convey that power to their students’ (Bennett 1984: 6). He then moves on to the good curriculum: balance between breadth and depth, the study of original texts, continuous exposure to the humanities throughout college life, a strong faculty, and conviction about the centrality of the humanities (Bennett 1984: 8).
Obviously minority students would fare much better if the university assigned black or Latino or Third World thought. (D’Souza 1992: 244) D’Souza’s critique of ‘studies’ programmes is linked to his other main concern about the way in which the principle of equality of opportunity has been undermined: Proportional representation for ethnic groups directly violates the democratic principle of equal opportunity for individuals, and the underlying concept of group justice is hostile both to individual equality and to excellence.
Searle has two bogeymen of the left clearly in his sights at this point: Giroux and Rorty. He quotes Giroux in order to castigate the left for unnecessarily politicizing knowledge: the liberal arts should be defended in the interests of creating critical rather than ‘good’ citizens. The notion of the liberal arts has to be reconstituted around a knowledge–power relationship in which the question of the curriculum is seen as a form of cultural and political production grounded in a radical conception of citizenship and public wisdom.
Political Correctness and Higher Education: British and American Perspectives by John Lea