Political Correctness In The Classroom
Schools in Canada have recently become the battleground for the fight over
how much political correctness should be allowed to infiltrate grade school
classrooms. One can take two sides when dealing with such issues as violent toys,
“good clean fun”, the benefits and disadvantages of political correctness.
There is much controversy about violent toys which are far from being
considered politically correct. The toys that enter many grade school classrooms
throughout the country may also seem offensive to people who try to be as
politically correct as possible. I can remember an incident involving myself, a
water gun and a teacher back in grade four. What had happened was that I
pondered onto school grounds with a tiny plastic watergun. As I proceeded down
the hallway a teacher took notice of my “water-squirting” device. She approached
me and ceased the toy from my hands . Many elementary school educators believe
that violent toys can lead, and often do lead to violence if the children are
allowed to play with the toys in an unsupervised environment.
Something that used to be considered good clean fun has become a
constant frustration to teachers and parents everywhere. Many educators on
recess duty who have observed children at play have come to believe that rough
play which might look innocent can and often does lead to real violence. The
goodness of teaching political correctness in the classroom is its ability to
protect our children from violence, discrimination, and the unfairness that
exist in this...