The Language Police by Diane Ravitch
How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (Vintage)

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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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About Diane Ravitch

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Diane Ravitch was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from the Houston public schools, Wellesley College, and Columbia University. She is a research professor of education at New York University. She was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and 2001. Ravitch is the author of ten previous books. In 2011, she received the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize from the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Ravitch lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Author Hometown: Houston, Texas
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Educational bias and sensitivity panels are shaping schoolbooks to suit their own values, sensitivities and political ends, reports Diane Ravitch.

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Ravitch observes that leftist pressure groups have bullied spineless test and textbook manufacturers into creating farfetched texts where all men are sensitive nurturers who are content with baking cookies, all women are high-powered professionals who love fixing things, and adrenaline-charged se...

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