Saturday, September 02, 2006

"Fake but accurate" school textbooks

I pondered expressing some "outrage" over this, but the truth is I've become numb to this constant onslaught of political correctness, and now apparent fakery, to feign political correctness, that I'm just worn out over it. I can't muster up outrage anymore. About all I can come up with now is a derisive sneer and gruff "hrrumph".

Quite frankly the best reaction to the perpetrators of such frauds is to look at'em and just say: "Wow, it must suck to be a moron like you".

Boston Globe
...A Houghton Mifflin spokesman claimed that able-bodied models are presented as handicapped only as a last resort. But according to one of the company's regular photographers, the deception is the norm. At least three-fourths of the children portrayed as disabled in Houghton Mifflin textbooks actually aren't, she told Golden. In fact, publishers have to keep track of all the models they use for such pictures, so that a child posing as disabled in one chapter isn't shown running or climbing a tree in another...

...when reality conflicts with political correctness, reality gets the boot.

So, on occasion, does historical perspective, as for example when a McGraw-Hill US history text devoted a profile and photograph to Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman pilot -- but neglected even to mention Wilbur and Orville Wright. ``A company spokesman," the Journal reports dryly, ``said the brothers had been left out inadvertently."...

...In 2000, the University of Wisconsin at Madison featured a group of students cheering at a football game on the cover of its admissions brochure. One of those students was Diallo Shabazz, a black senior who hadn't been at the game. University officials, desperately wanting the new publication to reflect a diverse student body, had lifted Diallo's image from somewhere else and digitally inserted it into the football shot. ``Our intentions were good," Madison's director of university publications said when the deception was exposed, ``but our methods were bad."...
H/T The Autonomist
More on this scandal at the Florida Cracker (with funny pics)

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