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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is another reader in the publisher's ``Contemporary Issues'' series, which has previously dealt with such topics as euthanasia, gun-control, and abortion. Here, the battleground is education, especially humanities education, with its vocabulary of monoculturalism vs. multiculturalism, cultural pluralism vs. particularism, Afrocentrism vs. Eurocentrism, or the culture of DWEMs (Dead White European Males). The extreme opposing ends of the argument in this compilation of 16 articles, most of them previously published, are represented by Thomas Short and Molefi Kete Asante, while other contributors contemplate the First Amendment (Stanley Fish), academic freedom (Chester E. Finn Jr.), or public education (Diane Ravitch). For comprehensive education collections.-- Arla Lindgren, St. John's Univ., New York
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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
  • Lexile: 1640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8
Introduction 9
Pt. 1 The Media and Political Correctness
1 Are You Politically Correct? 15
2 What Campus Radicals? The P.C. Undergrad Is a Useful Specter 33
Pt. 2 Freedom of Expression on Campus
3 There's No Such Thing as Free Speech and It's a Good Thing, Too 43
4 The Campus: "An Island of Repression in a Sea of Freedom" 57
Pt. 3 Cultural Diversity, the Politics of Race and Sex on Campus, and the Western Intellectual Tradition
5 The Challenge of Diversity and Multicultural Education 73
6 "Diversity" and "Breaking the Disciplines": Two New Assaults on the Curriculum 91
7 Meno's Boy: Hearing His Story - & His Sister's 119
8 The Value of the Canon 133
9 Western Civ - and Me: An Address at Harvard University 147
Pt. 4 Multiculturalism and Public Education
l0 Multiculturalism: E Pluribus Plures 165
11 Multiculturalism without Hierarchy: An Afrocentric Reply to Diane Ravitch 185
12 Reply to Asante 195
13 Education and the Racist Road to Barbarism 205
Pt. 5 Quotas and Campus Diversity
14 Accrediting Bodies Must Require a Commitment to Diversity 219
15 Accreditation by Quota: The Case of Baruch College 225
16 Final Thoughts on Political Correctness: Some Proposals 231
Contributors 265
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