I’m interrupting myself from the telling of stories and the showing of pictures that chart my recent trip to the Grand Canyon–interrupting myself because I can’t wait to fume with you a little about Political (and social, I presume) Correctness. Remember the phrase–truth is stranger than fiction? Well, I’m bringing you a couple of stories that strain credulity.
The first is one I’ve had in my files since early June. Takes place in Japan.
“Heady anticipation circled the room as the parents of primary students settled into their seats. Lights were lowered, and then the awaited moment was here–the curtain drew open, and the performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs began. Strange thing, though, the entire cast were playing the part of Snow White.
For the audience of menacing mothers and feisty fathers the sight of 25 Snow Whites, no dwarfs and no wicked witch was a triumph, for they had taken on the system and won. After a relentless campaign of bullying, hectoring and nuisance phone calls, the parents had cowed the teachers into submission, forcing the school to admit to the injustice of selecting just one girl to play the title role.”
Source The London Times
The second I learned of only today.
“Again from the “this-make-absolutely-no-sense” file. The mayor of Beechwood, Ohio has elected to cancel the Little League All-Star game to avoid hurting the self esteem of the kids who are not selected for the team.
He’s not kidding. First, we stopped keeping score because we did not want the losers to feel bad. Now, we can’t single out the best performers and recognize them for being at the top of their sport.
Here’s the full story, and an excerpt. …
In March, Beachwood Mayor Merle Gordon sent a letter to parents of children involved in the Little League program stating the city was canceling the All-Star game based on information provided in an article written by the founder of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Fred Engh.
The article suggested that All-Star games take away from sportsmanship and hurts the self esteem of players, especially younger players.
In the article Engh states, “There’s nothing like sticking a dagger into a youngster’s self-esteem the first season he plays the sport by letting him know that he’s not good enough or considered worthy to be part of this elite group of teammates. That’s not the message we want to send to children who are already less active and more obese than any previous generation in history.”
… At what point do you think it would be ok to introduce these kids to the fact that some people are smarter, faster and better looking than they are?
No more valedictorians, no more grades and no more All-Star teams. This type of attitude will completely destroy the American education system – it’s already pretty close – and will probably start to cause serious issues for U.S. businesses.
We’re educating a new generation of wimps.”
I believe my sources for these articles to be reputable, but it is actually hard to believe such nonsense would even be considered, much less instituted. As my eyes read the words of both these accounts, my mind was screeching, Surely this cannot be so.
Can you even imagine Snow White performed with 25 little boys and little girls all dressed and prancing around as Snow White? That’s insanity. How can there even be a story line or how can any sense at all be made of the production? How? Have we completely lost our minds?
What of life lessons that should be learned from not being the star, not being the best, the smartest, the most talented? Shall every person on the planet be sheltered from failure and from the inevitable moment of hurt feelings? How will our children learn that talent and abilities vary among us, and that we’re good at some things and abysmal at others?
What of learning that being Snow White or on the All-Star team do not create superior humans. What of the little girl who was the best actress or the little boy (or girl) who should have been on the All-Star Team?
We laugh at the term Political Correctness but it has cost us dearly. To ridiculous extreme, we must be at guard so that we offend no one, that we don’t appear homophobic, insensitive, or racist. Are forever gone the wicked witch, the dwarfs and the All-Star Team? Has Political Correctness grappled with us to such degree that it has quite snatched common sense from our heads?
Edit July 2: Check over on the Sisphus files where is posted a piece in which the British have apologized to the Muslims for posting a picture of a dog in the Brit’s own advertisement material. Seems the Muslims complained because dogs are “dirty.”
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