29th August 2017

Speech

I’ve heard the phrase “That’s just PC gone mad” so many times. And that’s exactly what’s happening, Political Correctness, it’s going mad. You can’t say anything anywhere without it offending someone. Political Correctness by definition, is the “avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalise, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.” I remember that in year 8 that I wasn’t allowed to draw a cross for answers I got wrong because it was too negative. Is this really necessary, is it not this a step too far? I believe that the intention of political correctness is good but has it took a step too far? If this is what PC (or Political Correctness) has come to now then what is going to happen in the future, how utterly ridiculous is it going to get? Like if they were to ban failure itself so that students cannot get “not achieved”. OH WAIT… it’s already happened. “In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life” this is a quote from Bill Gates. He is the richest man in the world, making him the most successful man alive? Net worth of 86 billion dollars. Quotes from Bill Gates an extremely successful billionaire: “don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.” Those life skills are extremely valuable coming from him.

Political correctness gone wrong is the avoidance of a dispute. That’s the problem with it, too many people are avoiding a dispute with other people. An example would be when teachers have to word their way cleverly to get the point across without offending the student or the parent. It’s stupid. If a student is unfocused messes around, disruptive and doesn’t do work…etc, then they should be given a report if not a direct conversation saying exactly that. I’ve seen reports telling parents “oh your child is great at his/her ability to concentrate when he/she feels it is necessary.” Meaning that parents and student actually have to “read between the lines” to find out what actually needs improving on. A school report is a document or couple sentences which tells you what your good and what you need to improve on, or at least that what it should be. In modern day society with everything having to be Politically Correct we are only receiving the good. But what good does that do?

Another example of “PC gone mad” would be in Germany, people were not allowed to put a Christmas tree up in case they offended the muslims. The Christmas tree is a symbol. Symbols can change over time (eg. Nazi swastika). Christmas tree is a symbol of Christmas which is therefore is a symbol of Christianity. Which yes my offend the muslims but does that mean we have to rid the existence of the Christmas tree because it could offend the muslim community? Next they will take away the concept of Christmas all together. I don’t see people taking away the muslim holiday or anything they cherish in their religion. If they don’t like the Christmas tree, then don’t put it up, easy as that.  and in the modern day world the Christmas tree is more prone to be a symbol of a very special day whereby families unite, it’s now much more of a day of giving, due. Even if people are still offended by the tree doesn’t mean that they have to take it out of the equation for everyone else.  

When I say this you’ll probably get the idea that I’m some sort of racist, bully or any kind of abusive person. I’m not a bully. No I’m not saying we got to rip out everyone and everyone has to be horrible to each other. No I’m just saying that our future generation, US, I want everyone to be the best that they can be. Best way to learn is to fail, without failure you can’t learn. Needs to be balanced, one scale can’t be heavier than the other. Good gives you motivation and the criticism gives you the what to work on. To have this would really improve our education and will improve our society.

even if the flag or a symbol in a certain country symbolised something that you don’t agree with you, that flag is that countries culture. If you enter a country you embrace their culture don’t fight it. When you go to someone’s house you don’t walk in and start rearranging their house to what you think is right. You embrace the way they do things  their home that’s what makes it so unique to travel to another country to see the differences to don’t travel to another country to see the same thing you see at home, and the difference of a country is their culture. If the English flag resembles white supremacy the Muslim community still has no right to take the flag down in that country. You could say the same thing about the Muslim flags, that it resembles male domination, and as a feminist that may offend me but that doesn’t mean I am going to take their flag down because I find it offensive in my home country.

Email to Mr Waugh:

I’m sending you this email as a time saver for class and so I can get working on my speech subject sooner, but I just wanted to inform you about my decision to approach a different speech topic. I was thinking about doing Political Correctness (PC). An opening line I’ve already thought of is using the slippery slope technique in saying how far PC will go. I remember in year 8 that I wasn’t allowed to draw a cross for answers I got wrong because it was too negative. Another example of “PC gone mad” would be in Germany  in an area I don’t know specifically people were not allowed to put a Christmas tree up in case they offended the muslims. In the British army they introduced a card system whereby if the sergeant was shouting at them and offending them too much they would lift the card for the sergeant to stop. Another army based example would be when an army sniper is got sent to court for not warning the enemy before they shot as it was part of their regulations, a sniper…? When the people he was getting done for shooting wouldn’t have had a second thought/hesitation in killing him, and if he didn’t kill them were highly likely to have killed multiple innocent people. Another example is children never learning failure in school years, always being told that they are amazing at everything. Which results in kids not knowing how to handle failure, so when they get to the real world they face failure and don’t know how to handle it because they’ve been smothered their entire life. I am thinking of doing this subject instead as I have much more examples and it’s a broad topic which also helps heaps. I would much appreciate your input on the subject like in class (if you have the time). I feel like this subject has more potential and hope that we may be able to have another discussion.

Step to far example maybe get rid of not achieve

“Life is not fair – get used to it.”

“The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. They’ll expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.”

“You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both”

“If you think your teacher is tough wait till you get a boss.”

“If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about it, learn from them.”

“Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life”

“Life is not divided into semesters (terms) you don’t get every few summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that in your own time.”

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

Strawman: When I say this people will instantly assume that I’m some sort of racist or abusive person. I’m not a bully…

Bandwagon:  I’ve heard this being said so many times “That’s just PC gone mad.”

Link to personal experience: Ms Bayness no crosses, must use dots.

Slippery Slope: If this is what PC has come to now then what is going to happen in the future, how utterly ridiculous is it going to get?

 

IDEAS:

Cisgender: Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.

Personally insult someone: You yourself are a sensitive person…

http://level3.edutronic.net/linguistic-techniques-of-propaganda/

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Another example of “PC gone mad” would be in Germany in an area I don’t know specifically people were not allowed to put a Christmas tree up in case they offended the muslims. The Christmas tree is a symbol. Symbols can change over time (eg. Nazi swastika). Christmas tree is a symbol of Christmas which is therefore is a symbol of Christianity. Which yes my offend the muslims but does that mean we have to rid the existence of the Christmas tree because it could offend the muslim community? Next they will take away the concept of Christmas all together. I don’t see people taking away the muslim holiday or anything they cherish in their religion. If they don’t like the Christmas tree, then don’t put it up, easy as that.  and in the modern day world the Christmas tree is more prone to be a symbol of a very special day whereby families unite, it’s now much more of a day of giving, due. Even if people are still offended by the tree doesn’t mean that they have to take it out of the equation for everyone else.  

 

REVISION:

 

  • I’ve heard the phrase “That’s just PC gone mad”
  • That’s what it is
  • Can’t say anything anywhere
  • Definition “avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalise, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.”
  • I remember in year 8
  • Future of PC could they be baning everything that is to be deemed negative
  • Bill Gates  86 net worth “In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life”
  • “don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.”

 

  • PC is the avoidance of dispute
  • Example: Teachers, reports and uncontrol
  • Bad students being told they are great

 

  • Can’t put up a christmas tree in germany
  • Symbol, symbols change
  • Old christmas symbol
  • New christmas symbol
  • I don’t see germans taking away their holidays
  • If they don’t want it don’t use it
  • Just because they don’t like it doesn’t mean they have to take it away for everyone else
  • Avoidance of dispute

 

  • You probably think I’m some sort of bully, that wants to undermine people and make people feel self conscious and horrible for their faults.
  • I want everyone to be the best they can be.
  • Best way to learn is to fail
  • Balance of both.
  • Good give you the motivation and self esteem
  • Criticism gives you what to improve you

 

    • We also should’ve have to avoid disputes with groups, or individuals, think about how it affects EVERYONE. Me, you, them, us…
  • And that’s where Political Correctness should be

 

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  1. This is going well as a rant on the subject. You’ve selected a range of anecdotal evidence which certainly supports your claims – where you’re uncertain of the source of your idea, don’t identify that – just go with it. Also an example of where this slippery slope you’ve identified might lead would be a useful extension of the device.

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