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Manipulating language with the best of intentions

By September 22, 2003Book Recommendations

Like most people involved in education, Diane Ravitch did not realize “that educational materials are now governed by an intricate set of rules to screen out language and topics that might be considered controversial or offensive.” If you care about language (and how it is manipulated by well-meaning but narrow-minded people) then you should read The Language Police. Fans of Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 , a classic tale of censorship, will be shocked to learn how educators edited the book (without Bradbury’s knowledge) to meet their own pedagogic objectives.

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