What, exactly, is political correctness in schools?
Last week I asked you to talk about political correctness at your children’s schools.
That stemmed from a story in The Post about a high school football player who was benched because he twice bumped chests to celebrate successful plays. The benching was derided by some as part of a “politically correct” climate pervasive in our schools.
Some of you disagreed with the notion that the ref was being politically correct:
DupontJay wrote:“It’s so very disheartening to see the pejorative term "political correctness" mis-applied to issues of basic civility. There is nothing "political" about trying to teach our already all-too-thuggish kids about sportsmanship. Sadly, that’s a losing battle, as a preponderance of parents no longer understand the basics of civil behavior.”
“I can’t believe this is being shown as political correctness. There’s a new rule against touchdown demonstrations because they were getting too elaborate and lengthening the game. All TD demonstrations were banned by the rule. Nothing politically correct about it. Someone enforced the rule. It was new. I imagine the kid probably forgot about the change. I don’t fault the coach for enforcing it. How someone decided something was "politically correct" based on this baffles me."
It seems to me these readers are on the right track about this incident.
Let's continue the discussion about your views on political correctness in education. Do you have more examples of how you think political correctness is displayed at your child’s school, for better or worse? Is political correctness real, or is it a myth? (Here's an interesting take on that thought.
Halloween just passed, with many schools restricting what kids could and couldn't wear--nothing that had a fake weapon or made fun of anybody's gender or race. Some schools have substituted fall festivals for Halloween parties because, apparently, some religions view Halloween as linked to paganism.
Now, with, Christmas approaching, we are bound to hear complaints that schools are being “politically correct” by refusing to let kids sing Christmas carols or have Christmas pageants. Instead, they have “winter festivals.”
Is this a sign of political correctness or of sensitivity to all religions? What else do you see at your child's school that makes you wonder?
| November 9, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
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