Language Police How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn

ISBN-10: 1400030641

ISBN-13: 9781400030644

Edition: 2004

Authors: Diane Ravitch

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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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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682

Diane Ravitchis Research Professor of Education at New York University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. President Clinton appointed her to the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees federal testing. She is the author or editor of over twenty books, includingThe Language PoliceandLeft Back, and her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. A native of Houston, Ravitch graduated from the Houston public schools, Wellesley College, and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Acknowledgments
A Note to the Reader
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?
A Glossary of Banned Words, Usages, Stereotypes, and Topics
The Atkinson-Ravitch Sampler of Classic Literature for Home and School
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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