(RepublicanDaily.org) – Certain parts of the English language have increasingly come under attack in recent years. Because of the modern Left’s preoccupation with ensuring no one is ever made to feel different from anyone else, words that presume gender, family status, religion, or ethnic background are now considered unacceptable in some quarters.
Grace Church School
On Tuesday, March 9, the City Journal reported on a new “Inclusive Language Guide” published by an elite private school in New York City. The document sets out ways in which students of Grace Church School in Manhattan should “remove harmful assumptions” from the ways they address each other. Specifically, this refers to gender, sexual orientation, race, family circumstances, religion, ability, and socioeconomic standing (which, considering Grace’s annual tuition fees of over $46,000, is somewhat laughable).
Instead of saying “boys and girls,” students are now encouraged to address their peers as “people,” “friends,” or, hilariously, “mathematicians.” “Mom,” and “Dad,” are both on the chopping block, as, for some reason, are “parents,” “nanny,” and “babysitter.” Words children can use to describe the adults who look after them include “caregiver,” “guardian,” “folks,” and “family.”
The guide stretches on for 12 pages. It includes several lists of “outdated terms,” including:
- Caucasian — the correct term is “White,” with a capital “W,”
- Traditional family — since every family is “unique,” this concept apparently no longer exists,
- Hermaphrodite — the correct term is “intersex,” though the guide does not outline why terms to describe people with “ambiguous genitalia” are relevant to children.
Why This Is a Bad Idea
Like a lot of the radical notions our society comes up with nowadays, this is all motivated by a reasonable aim. No one wants to see a child made to feel uncomfortable because they have a different belief system or they come from a nontraditional family unit. However, policing the use of language to achieve this end is a massive overreach, and this kind of “bubble wrapping” approach may only leave children vulnerable when they enter the real world.
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