Are You Politically Correct?: Debating America's Cultural Standards

Are You Politically Correct?: Debating America's Cultural Standards

by Francis J. Beckwith, Michael (Eds.) Bauman
     
 

Policies governing what is taught in America's colleges and universities, who is admitted, and how faculty are hired (for years viewed as standards of excellence) are now being replaced by standards aimed at "multicultural diversity." Traditional standards are criticized as inherently racist, sexist, and oppressive, while the new perspective is said to be

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Overview

Policies governing what is taught in America's colleges and universities, who is admitted, and how faculty are hired (for years viewed as standards of excellence) are now being replaced by standards aimed at "multicultural diversity." Traditional standards are criticized as inherently racist, sexist, and oppressive, while the new perspective is said to be "politically correct." Today, important questions are being raised:

- Should the study of Western culture be replaced by "multiculturalism"?

- Is affirmative action inherently racist?

- Should accrediting bodies require a commitment to diversity?

- What is political correctness?

- Should the traditional canon of the great works of Western literature be replaced, amended, or remain the same?

- Do minority study programs really benefit the people they are supposed to help?

- Are "speech codes" on college campuses inconsistent with the First Amendment?

Are You Politically Correct? brings together selections that span the political gamut from the far left to the far right, demonstrating the clash of views on the many issues surrounding the political correctness debate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879757694
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Series:
Contemporary Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1640L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments8
Introduction9
Pt. 1The Media and Political Correctness
1Are You Politically Correct?15
2What Campus Radicals? The P.C. Undergrad Is a Useful Specter33
Pt. 2Freedom of Expression on Campus
3There's No Such Thing as Free Speech and It's a Good Thing, Too43
4The Campus: "An Island of Repression in a Sea of Freedom"57
Pt. 3Cultural Diversity, the Politics of Race and Sex on Campus, and the Western Intellectual Tradition
5The Challenge of Diversity and Multicultural Education73
6"Diversity" and "Breaking the Disciplines": Two New Assaults on the Curriculum91
7Meno's Boy: Hearing His Story - & His Sister's119
8The Value of the Canon133
9Western Civ - and Me: An Address at Harvard University147
Pt. 4Multiculturalism and Public Education
l0Multiculturalism: E Pluribus Plures165
11Multiculturalism without Hierarchy: An Afrocentric Reply to Diane Ravitch185
12Reply to Asante195
13Education and the Racist Road to Barbarism205
Pt. 5Quotas and Campus Diversity
14Accrediting Bodies Must Require a Commitment to Diversity219
15Accreditation by Quota: The Case of Baruch College225
Conclusion
16Final Thoughts on Political Correctness: Some Proposals231
Contributors265

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