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Are You Politically Correct?: Debating America's Cultural Standards (Contemporary Issues)by Michael Bauman
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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.
Table of Contents
Are you politically correct? / John Taylor — What campus radicals? : the P.C. undergrad is a useful specter / Rosa Ehrenreich — There's no such thing as free speech and it's a good thing, too / Stanley Fish — The campus : "an island of repression in a sea of freedom" / Chester E. Finn, Jr. — The challenge of diversity and multicultural education / The President's Task Force on Multicultural Education and Campus Diversity — "Diversity" and "breaking the disciplines" : two new assaults on the curriculum / Thomas Short — Meno's boy : hearing his story, & his sister's / Catharine R. Stimpson — The value of the canon / Irving Howe — Western Civ - and me : an address at Harvard University / Allan Bloom — Multiculturalism : E pluribus plures / Diane Ravitch — Multiculturalism without hierarchy : an afrocentric reply to Diane Ravitch / Molefi Kete Asante — Reply to Asante / Diane Ravitch — Education and the racist road to barbarism / George Reisman — Accrediting bodies must require a commitment to diversity / Stephen S. Weiner --
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