Are We Walking On Egg Shells?

What does it mean when we talk about politically correct?  In the United States we are changing Mascots and tearing down statues that have been erected years ago because people feel that it is being offensive to a certain group.  But is this really the answer to eliminate hate in the world?  We cannot change history, but should we ignore it and hide ourselves away from the truth of our ancestors and learn from their mistakes? It is true that understanding different cultures and respecting others is the key to having a peaceful society. But is society having everyone so nervous of offending someone that we are in constant state of fear and confusion that something we say or do will not be “politically correct”?  What message are we giving to children when we teach about being “politically correct” and we are confused ourselves about how to say things as to not to offend others? Thoughts?
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2 Responses to Are We Walking On Egg Shells?

  1. bettyhall says:

    When we are afraid to offend a culture and in turn glamorise or omit teaching children about real history is when we fall into this problem of being “politically correct”. As a society we need to face the ugly truth about our history and teach it uncensored do that new generations can truly learn from our past mistakes, how hatred was born among cultures, and problem solve about how we can make positive changes in the world. Only then can we as a society understand what is offensive and why and move towards as more peaceful society.

  2. dduraj says:

    The world is not politically correct (PC), and the world of education should not teach that it is PC. If schools do not teach our history, the true history, we would be ignoring real life. The time that students are in school is a perfect time for them to be exposed to different viewpoints in a safe environment, giving them an opportunity to learn and form their own opinions without influence or judgment from their parents or other family members. Unfortunately stereotyping and misinformation has become part of our everyday life in the media and on the sidewalks of our towns. Books are banned by school districts because of their racist themes and language instead of using the book language and theme as a foundation for an opening to learning of the times and culture in which it was written. Bring in other books from other authors, other times, other cultures . . .have a discussion. Learn. Reflect. Discuss.
    Districts/Schools/Administrators/Teachers need to stop being afraid of offending someone by teaching a specific topic. By ignoring this topic, someone else is being offended. Open the can of worms –but districts and everyone involved needs to be trained and ready for the discussion afterwards.

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