I’ve always disliked political correctness, finding it both reactionary and intrusive. I won’t bore you with the myriad examples that rub me the wrong way but, right at the top of my list are:
1) PC names for traditional job titles ("sanitation engineer" instead of "garbageman")
2) PC names for physical infirmities ("hearing impaired" instead of "deaf")
3) The lovely quota systems that reward mediocrity over excellence.
I think political correctness hits rock bottom when it enters the classroom and messes with our kids’ senses and sensibilities. My daughter’s college, for example, just issued a mandate insisting their faculty no longer respond to a student’s sneeze by saying, ‘God bless you.’ Instead, believe it or not, the PC-approved response is now, "I recognize your sneeze."
Prayer in the classroom is one thing. But, banishing the time-honored response to a sneeze is way, way over the line, and clearly calls for a big "gimme a break!"
I don’t know what’s more pathetic: the PC response or the person who came up with it in the first place. It says a lot about an institution’s image and reputation when it allows this degree of nonsensical mind games to be played.
I’d be interested in knowing how the phrase "god bless you" is offensive or inappropriate in the classroom. Whatever the explanation, I’m giving the administration at Catharine’s school a big fat "F in Common Sense 101.
Thanks to Catharine "Goose" Cody for her thoughts.