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The language police : how pressure groups restrict what students learn

Author: Diane Ravitch
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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If you're an actress or a coed just trying to do a man-size job, a yes-man who turns a deaf ear to some sob sister, an heiress aboard her yacht, or a bookworm enjoying a boy's night out, Diane Ravitch's internationally acclaimed The Language Police has bad news for you: Erase those words from your vocabulary! Textbook publishers and state education agencies have sought to root out racist, sexist, and elitist  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Ravitch
ISBN: 1400030641 9781400030644
OCLC Number: 55222781
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover in slightly different form in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf ... in 2003"--Title page verso.
Description: 271 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Forbidden topics, forbidden words --
The new meaning of bias --Everybody does it: the textbook publishers --
Everybody does it: the testing companies --
Censorship from the Right --
Censorship from the Left --
The mad, mad, mad world of textbook adoptions --
Literature: forgetting the tradition --
History: the endless battle --
The language police: can we stop them?
Responsibility: Diane Ravitch ; [with a new afterword].
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If you're an actress or a coed just trying to do a man-size job, a yes-man who turns a deaf ear to some sob sister, an heiress aboard her yacht, or a bookworm enjoying a boy's night out, Diane Ravitch's internationally acclaimed The Language Police has bad news for you: Erase those words from your vocabulary! Textbook publishers and state education agencies have sought to root out racist, sexist, and elitist language in classroom and library materials. But according to Diane Ravitch, a leading historian of education, what began with the best of intentions has veered toward bizarre extremes. At a time when we celebrate and encourage diversity, young readers are fed bowdlerized texts, devoid of the references that give these works their meaning and vitality. With forceful arguments and sensible solutions for rescuing American education from the pressure groups that have made classrooms bland and uninspiring, The Language Police offers a powerful corrective to a cultural scandal.

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