Are You Politically Correct?: Debating America's Cultural Standards
Michael Bauman, Francis Beckwith
Prometheus Books, 1993 - Education - 266 pages
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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