Political Correctness: Of, relating to, or supporting broad social, political, and educational change, especially to redress historical injustices in matters such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.
In the realm of education, this commonly accepted form of censorship from the 1980s, has had a drastically negative effect on today’s children.
Teachers became afraid of telling the truth to and about the children they served for fear of reprisal from parents and administrators. Students became unaccustomed to hearing the truth and, when confronted with it, vehemently objected to it. Parents, when presented with the truth, were offended by it and refused to accept it.
Famed poet William Carlos Williams said, “It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages.”
Political correctness, hopefully, was not to impinge upon the telling of the truth but to make people more cognizant of how they told the truth so as to consider the feelings of others.
Unfortunately, being tactful seemed to take too much effort and it became easier to lie. And, thus began the slippery slope to low expectations and failure in the public school setting.
Instead of working hard to exact the greatness contained within every child it became easier to accept mediocrity as the “good job” for lazy children.
Instead of instilling self-discipline in unruly children it became easier, paperwork included, to have them classified with emotional disturbance, anger issues, or ADD/ADHD.
The truth hurts, no matter how it is said, but it remains the only avenue to success. Recognizing the gifts and talents each child possesses can only be accomplished by an honest observation of that child’s strengths and weaknesses. Telling a child that everything they do is a “good job” and accepting abhorrent behavior as uncontrollable demoralizes the child and makes them feel worthless.
Telling a child the truth, teaching children to control themselves through relevant consequences for unacceptable behavior is the only way to break the cycle of self-deprecation that is so prevalent in children today.
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