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Title:And yet ... beyond political correctness
Author(s):Rochman, Hazel
Subject(s):Children --Books and reading
Abstract:The greatest danger from the politically correct bullies is that they create a backlash, and that backlash is often self-righteous support for the way things are. Whether we are weary or indignant, we wish the whiners would just go away. Or we focus on the absurd, and then we can ignore real issues of prejudice and hatred that keep people apart. Ethnic cleansing is the latest euphemism: It's an attack on multiculturalism, and it isn't funny at all. Books can make a difference in dispelling prejudice and building community: not with role models and recipes, not with noble messages about the human family, but with enthralling stories that make us imagine the lives of others. A good story lets you know people as individuals in all their particularity and conflict; and once you see someone as a person flawed, complex, striving you've reached beyond stereotype. In reviewing children's books, we have to resist the extremes: the mindless conformity to the p.c. of multiculturalism, and also the backlash. As with that other current fad, "whole language," the pretentious jargon is only now catching up with what we've been doing all along selecting and promoting great books from everywhere, stories that grab us and extend our view of ourselves.
Issue Date:1993
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In B. Hearne and R. Sutton (eds) Evaluating children’s books : a critical look : aesthetic, social, and political aspects of analyzing and using children’s books (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute held October 25-27, 1992): 133-148.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (34nd : 1992)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-04-16

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