|Title:||And yet ... beyond political correctness
|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
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.
|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