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The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date May 1, 2004
Pages 288
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400030644
ISBN-10 1400030641
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.46 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
In a hard-hitting critique of American education, the author of Left Back discusses the causes and repercussions of a widespread censorship that has purged educational materials of potentially offensive language and images, examining the consequences of political correctness run amok on both the left and right. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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Hardcover
1 edition from Alfred a Knopf Inc (April 1, 2003)
9780375414824 | details & prices | 255 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $24.00
About: Argues that the anti-bias and sensitivity guidelines promoted by the Left and the Right exert so much force on educational publishers that the resulting modified and censored student materials are reduced to bland and boring texts.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (May 1, 2004)
9781400030644 | details & prices | 288 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.46 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Argues that the anti-bias and sensitivity guidelines promoted by the Left and the Right exert so much force on educational publishers that the resulting modified and censored student materials are reduced to bland and boring texts.
Prebinding
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With Diane Ravitch | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (November 3, 2008)
9781439568569 | details & prices | 288 pages | List price $22.95
About: 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!

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