Taking PC to the Extreme

     Recently, I saw some politically correct expressions for teenagers on the Internet.  I thought it would be interesting to compare how we generally express ourselves, without thinking of the sensitivity of others, to how the Thought Police (sorryóďsensitivity enforcersĒ) would have us say the same things while allowing anotherís self-esteem to remain intact.

     If you truly want to understand PC (Political Correctness), I can think of no better way than to overhear a typical conversation between a teacher and one of his/her students.  The teacher expressing himself/herself in the following manner is engaging in politically incorrect speech:

     "You were late for my class.  Whatís the matter, why are you so lazy?  Yesterday when I asked you for your homework, you said it was missing.  The school year has just started, so I have been cutting you some slack by ignoring the fact that you have been sleeping in my class and you have been blabber-mouthing with everyone around you--even with that shy boy who sits behind you.

     "Just today, I looked right at you while you were passing notes to the girl who sits beside you.  Iíve been told by one anonymous source that you are the class gossip!  Since you have been here, you have complained every afternoon before the bell rings that the cafeteria food is awful.  What is the problem?  It seems that every day you start out with a bad hair day!

     "Follow me, we are going on a trip to the principalís office.  Wait, letís stop by your locker here and get your books, because I think you are going to spend some time this week having detention.  My gosh, your locker is overflowing with junk.  Iíll bet your bedroom at home is hopelessly cluttered.

     "What is that smell in your locker?  Itís these smelly gym socks.  Iím going to call your parents up tonight and suggest that they ground you.  Do you want to be a class failure?"

     After the student in the above onslaught heard the teacher give her/him a verbal spanking, she/he would be a psychological wreck and would likely go into an unreachable state of politically incorrect targeted victimization.

     Had the teacher in the above inquisition used a little PC savvy, the conversation would have gone as follows and all would have ended well with the studentís self-esteem fully intact:

     "You had a rescheduled arrival time for my class.  Whatís the matter, why are you so energetically declined?  Yesterday, when I asked you for your homework, you informed me that it had an out-of-notebook experience.  The school year has just started, so I have been cutting you some slack by ignoring the fact that you have been rationing consciousness in my class and you have been abundantly verbal with everyone around you--even with that conversationally selective boy who sits behind you.

     "Just today, I looked right at you while you were participating in the discreet exchange of penned meditations with the girl who sits beside you.  Iíve been told by one anonymous source that you are the class practitioner of the speedy transmission of near-factual information.  Since you have been here, you have complained every afternoon before the bell rings that the cafeteria food is digestively challenged.  What is the problem?  It seems that every day you start out with rebellious follicle syndrome.

     "Follow me, we are going on a mandatory field trip to the administrative office.  Wait, letís stop by your locker here and get your books, because I think you are going to spend some time this week with the exit delayed.  My gosh, your locker is closure prohibitive.  Iíll bet your bedroom at home is passage restrictive.

     "What is that smell in your locker?  Itís this odor-retentive athletic footwear.  Iím going to call your parents up tonight and suggest that they place a social speed bump down for you.  Do you want to be one of the passing impaired?"

     Now that is how to handle a young personís guidance with the PC touch!  The truth is Political Correctness is not the answer.  Caring and considerate "tough love" is the answer.
 
 

--Kenneth J. Wolf #66 (12/11/99)

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