Why greens should be politically incorrect
12th June, 2000
Aidan Rankin argues that modern liberal values can be more of a threat than a liberation.
A disturbing new trend is beginning to emerge in ‘First World’ cities and indigenous communities alike. It is a trend that challenges education's true meaning. For, around the world, books are beginning to disappear from school shelves.
This is not due to financial cutbacks, but outbreaks of ‘political correctness’. Teachers remove from library shelves books about military heroes or explorers, about hunters and conquerors, on grounds of ‘imperialist’, ‘racist’ or ‘sexist’ attitudes, thus contributing to the alienation and delinquency of their male pupils, and a wider alienation of their school from the community it serves. By imposing this form of censorship, 'progressive’ educators weaken local cultures, rather than supporting them by adding new layers of knowledge. Their work becomes counter-educational. It undermines confident traditions, but puts nothing in their place except a void filled by cynicism, nihilism and a sense of grievance.
One example is a school in Labrador, Canada, where hunting is condemned by modern, Western-educated teachers, despite the fact that the children are Innu, a sub-Arctic people who...
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