Will P.C. Destroy the World? 21 October, 2006Posted by paralleldivergence in apple, Borat, Brad & Phil, education, mac vs windows, My Thoughts, Political Correctness, windows.
No, I’m not referring to Microsoft’s undeserving world dominance at the expense of Apple, I’m talking about Political Correctness. To most people, P.C. is viewed as little more than a joke, but this perception has given it the ability to insidiously erode the foundations and values that make up a democratic society. Like a termite colony, P.C. has been munching on logic, commonsense, discussion and free speech. Our society depicts a strong, healthy and modern facade, but a tiny scratch to the surface reveals an unsure, hesitant, cautious, insecure and frightened population.
A joke once fondly shared among workers is now left unsaid because of fears of reprisal. Sure, it may have been “offensive”, but the point is, it was a JOKE. Many believe we’ve lost our senses of humour as a result. The P.C. brigade will tell us it hasn’t been lost, it has just “matured”. If there is the possibility that someone “may” get offended, you just can’t say it.
OK, maybe it’s not a disaster if we can’t tell “Irish” jokes anymore. But when they extend the exact same concept and restrictions to Childcare workers, they are directly targeting the future of society. According to new rules, you can’t say “no” to pre-school children. Yes, that’s right. Childcare workers have been instructed not to use the words “no” and “don’t” because it is feared they will stunt a child’s development and the terms “good boy” and “good girl” are also frowned on as they are considered sexist. The word used to teach children the basic difference between right and wrong is being banned – at the earliest stage of learning.
They move onto primary school and they cannot be labelled as “failures” no matter how softly the description is made. Many students progress to high school somehow without the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Remember when they used to be called the 3 R’s? Well, they just aren’t important anymore. The result? I recently watched a report of how every one of a cross-sectional group of today’s year 10 students failed a set of year 10 exams from just 20 years ago. Similar re-testing has occurred with year 6 with similar results. It is clear that our students are being dumbed down and it’s particularly evident over the last two decades.
The P.C. crowd will of course deny this [denial is another symptom of political correctness]. They’ll tell us our students are being taught a more relevant and more “rich” curriculum that will prepare them better for their future (academic) career. Problem is, they can’t all go to university – although P.C. ‘ers believe they should. Meanwhile, in the workforce we have shortages of tradespeople and an abundance of red-tape.
So, should we be worried? Will it all sort itself out in the end? Or will society become a quagmire of apathy, fear and confusion?
What we all need is a giant kick up the backside and there is only one person who can do it for us. Before it’s too late, we must ALL go to see Borat as soon as it opens at a cinema near you. Borat will provide us with a much-needed dose of political incorrectness and after we wake up, we’ll wonder, “What the hell were we thinking?!” Have you seen Borat yet or are you one of the P.C. crowd?