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Shakespeare Isn't P.C. (Thought Police Rewrite Textbooks)
NewMax.Com ^ | Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 | staff writer

Posted on 08/19/2003 9:20:49 AM PDT by yankeedame

How the Thought Police Rewrite Textbooks and America's History

NewsMax.com Wires

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003

MIAMI – Diane Ravitch hammers away and hammers away, and even a reader going into her book with a healthy dose of skepticism comes away with the conviction that the "language police" must be fired.

It's hard to believe when she says guidelines by the Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley textbook publishers demand that people "over the age of 65 must be fully represented in text and illustrations; there must be a larger number of older women than older men, because 55 percent of older persons are women."

But the book "The Language Police" is so relentless and so well-documented that after a while you have to believe.

Ravitch says there is an institutionalized system among the four major book publishers - two U.S.-owned, one Dutch and one British - to keep anything the least bit offensive out of textbooks produced for kindergartners through 12th graders.

The same is true for the producers of tests.

Some of the examples are not only appalling, they're funny, including:

-"Adam and Eve," should be replaced with "Eve and Adam" to demonstrate that males do not take priority over females.

-"Birth defect" should be replaced with "people with congenital disabilities."

-"Busboy" should be replaced with "dining room attendant."

-"Cowgirl" and "cowboy" should be replaced with "cowhand."

-"Deaf-mute" should be replaced by "person who can't hear or speak."

-"Huts" is branded as ethnocentric and should be replaced with small houses.

-"Majority group" is banned as offensive reference to cultural difference.

-Dinosaurs are banned because they evoke the subject of evolution.

And on it goes.

Works of literature written before 1970 are almost always taboo because they are bound to have something politically incorrect in them.

Shakespeare Isn't P.C.

Goodbye Mark Twain, goodbye Ernest Hemingway, goodbye Chaucer and goodbye Shakespeare, to mention only a handful....

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bookreview; dianeravitch; languagepolice; literature; pc; shakespeare; textbooks; thoughtpolice

1 posted on 08/19/2003 9:20:50 AM PDT by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
Works of literature written before 1970 are almost always taboo because they are bound to have something politically incorrect in them.

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

2 posted on 08/19/2003 9:27:45 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (Contents may have settled during shipping, but this tagline contains the stated product weight.)
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To: yankeedame
Liberals want a bland culture. They want a culture as schoolmarmish and humorless as they are.
3 posted on 08/19/2003 9:28:54 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: yankeedame
-"Cowgirl" and "cowboy" should be replaced with "cowhand."

Cowhand? What about the bull. The list is full of bull--and the bull's by-product.
4 posted on 08/19/2003 9:29:31 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: yankeedame
So, there I was working on a crossword puzzle, and Number 9 down is "person who can't hear or speak". I'm thinking it will be an 8-letter word, but then I realize that the answer will be "person who can't hear or speak". Gee, not as challenging as they used to be.

5 posted on 08/19/2003 9:29:52 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (France delenda est)
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To: yankeedame
Do we really have to excerpt NEWSMAX?
6 posted on 08/19/2003 9:31:40 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: Gorzaloon
It's also a very good reason to teach at home using REAL books instead of textbooks, and to stage a conservative, non-PC, non-revisionist coup of the local school board.

Regards
7 posted on 08/19/2003 9:32:25 AM PDT by Missus (We're not trying to overpopulate the world, we're just trying to outnumber the idiots.)
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To: yankeedame
You linked a popup ad, BTW.
8 posted on 08/19/2003 9:34:39 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: yankeedame
O Brave New World! I'll get the book bonfire ready for the libs.
9 posted on 08/19/2003 9:34:52 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: yankeedame
Your link brings up a Newsmax advertisement. Rest of the story is not there.
10 posted on 08/19/2003 9:35:16 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: yankeedame
Well, I think 'Eve and Adam' should be replaced by 'Adam and Eve' to show that women don't take precedence over men, and 'people who can't hear or speak' should be replaced by something less awkward, such as 'deaf-mute. Also, the term 'politically correct' should be replaced by something more accurately descriptive, such as 'immoral fascist simpleton.'
11 posted on 08/19/2003 9:35:24 AM PDT by HenryLeeII
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To: TomGuy
"Cowgirl" and "cowboy" should be replaced with "cowhand."

Cowhand is offensive to those "people with congenital disabilities" who were born without arms.

12 posted on 08/19/2003 9:37:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (A flash mob of one.)
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To: Gorzaloon
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Awesome choice for a Shakespeare quote. I was thinking of a good Shakespeare quote...but the one you picked was ideal! I think it's time to read MacBeth again!

13 posted on 08/19/2003 9:42:20 AM PDT by LiberalSlayer99 (Follow-Up)
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To: Missus
It's also a very good reason to teach at home using REAL books instead of textbooks, and to stage a conservative, non-PC, non-revisionist coup of the local school board.

Fortunately, I'm sending my son to a private school where he'll read classic literature, and where the term "well-rounded education" doesn't include political correct revisionism. I've given up on the public school system.

14 posted on 08/19/2003 9:45:35 AM PDT by LiberalSlayer99 (Follow-Up)
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To: KarlInOhio
"Cowgirl" and "cowboy" should be replaced with "cowhand."

Cowhand is offensive to those "people with congenital disabilities" who were born without arms.


It just emphasizes how stupid these revisionists are---but...

--who appointed them to be the moral revisionists of literature?

--how do they get away with intimidating publishers to make the changes they want?
15 posted on 08/19/2003 9:48:06 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: jjm2111
You linked a popup ad, BTW.

LOL! Hey, tanks for the heads-up, but ,heck, what can I say? When I mess up I don't go half way!

Oh, and the reason I posted only part of the article is b/c the article itself is somewhat long.So I thought I'd error on the side of causion.

But if anyone wants to check out the complete article, click here: Shakespeare Isn't P.C.

16 posted on 08/19/2003 9:51:13 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: yankeedame
-"Huts" is branded as ethnocentric and should be replaced with small houses.


17 posted on 08/19/2003 9:57:57 AM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: yankeedame; David Hunter
The bowdlerizers strike again.
18 posted on 08/19/2003 10:03:46 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Gorzaloon
Knock,
knock! Who's there, in the other devil's
name? Faith, here's an equivocator, that could
swear in both the scales against either scale;
who committed treason enough for God's sake,
yet could not equivocate to heaven: O, come
in, equivocator.

19 posted on 08/19/2003 10:07:39 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Missus
It's also a very good reason to teach at home using REAL books instead of textbooks, and to stage a conservative, non-PC, non-revisionist coup of the local school board.

Is that another way of taking arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end(ing) them? :-)

20 posted on 08/19/2003 10:14:14 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (Contents may have settled during shipping, but this tagline contains the stated product weight.)
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To: yankeedame
This kind of stuff really bugs me. Especially since i've noticed it filtering down to everday writing/talking the last few years. For instance, the other day i was reading some guy's post in another forum (not politcal) and, instead of using "he" or "he or she" to indicate some non-specific person, the guy kept using "she". I imagine he felt smugly enlightened by doing that too but i had nothing but contempt for him.

Also i was reading one of those "For Dummies" books the other week. It was about classical music and whenever they would refer to a non-specific musician the authors would go with "she" each time. I guess it was done to counter the fact that - horror of horrors - nearly all composers are male and so they were forced to go with "he" when talking in generalities there.

Sheesh, it's all become so convoluted. It was much simpler back in the days when everyone was smart enough to discern that "he" could mean either he or she in some cases. Instead we now have too many people with too much time on their hands, people who probably are quick to jump to the defense of someone who says something truly offensive (as long as the offending remarks weren't aimed at people/groups left of center, that is) but when it comes to this nonsense they are all-too-willing to censor.
21 posted on 08/19/2003 10:22:57 AM PDT by Humbug (i haven't the foggiest idea what to type here)
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To: Gorzaloon; aculeus
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Correction "it is a tale told by a person with learning disabilities, full of sound and fury, signifying unique communication strategies.

More Shakespeare modernized for contemporary PoMo sensibilities:

"Good night, sweet person of monarchical descent, and flights of socio-religious semiotic icons sing thee to thy rest"

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, but most are priveleged oppressors of the ruling phallocentric patriarchy"

"Let me have men and/or women and/or transgendered about me that are differentially-sized,
Persons of diverse hair, and such as are victims of sleep disorders.
Yond Cassius has a look of improper nutrition;
He thinks too much: such persons are at-risk..."

22 posted on 08/19/2003 10:23:38 AM PDT by IowaHawk
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To: yankeedame
LOL! I thought I goofed when I clicked on the link. I couldn't find it on Newsmax or I woulda posted it myself. Thanks.
23 posted on 08/19/2003 10:25:07 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: yankeedame
Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley textbook publishers demand that people "over the age of 65 must be fully represented in text and illustrations; there must be a larger number of older women than older men, because 55 percent of older persons are women."

One publisher went on to say,

"Where the Bee suck, there suck I.

(In a cowslip's bell I lie)".

I just cannot stop thinking about these, I am so revolted and disgusted by PC in general, and this literary vandalism in particular.

I suppose our struggle will be in vain, as we" groan and sweat like asses beneath the wheel of Business".

24 posted on 08/19/2003 10:26:46 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (Contents may have settled during shipping, but this tagline contains the stated product weight.)
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To: yankeedame
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

(I know, I know...this isn't from - or have anything to do with - Shakespeare, but I've always kind of liked this quote.)

26 posted on 08/19/2003 11:05:30 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: Gorzaloon
but first we need to "...kill all the lawyers."
27 posted on 08/19/2003 11:24:03 AM PDT by talleyman (Alas, poor Yorick - I knew him, Horatio.)
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To: talleyman
Ah, yes. Do you have any idea why the lawyers needed to be killed *first*?
28 posted on 08/19/2003 11:39:26 AM PDT by cookiedough
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To: IowaHawk
LOFL

(F = Freaking)

29 posted on 08/19/2003 12:10:35 PM PDT by aculeus
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