Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Politically correct and culturally competent
Last night, Oliver and I labored through an online English/Language Arts site, reading paragraphs and answering multiple-choice questions. This is what they sounded like:
Markeesha was tired of working so hard on her homework. Her mother and father both worked all day in the city, so she decided to take a break and do something that she wasn't supposed to do. She picked up the phone and called her friend Esteralda. Esteralda invited Markeesha to come over to her house and hang out with her, Duwayne and Carlos. Even though Markeesha wasn't supposed to go over to someone's house without her mother Akim's permission, she decided that she would, just this once.
I'm all for being culturally competent and sensitive, but I have to tell you that I miss Tom, Betty and Susan, if only to make reading easier for my already learning disabled son. Then again, being learning disabled is becoming sort of politically correct as well.