Cultural sensitivity

In today’s American society, is there any limit to how far must we go to be politically correct? If an incident earlier this month in Revere, Mass., is any indication, the answer seems to be “no.”

It seems that, after a civics teacher sent a Tweet to students about low turnout in a recent city election, one student responded that the low turnout may have resulted because Revere has a significant population of illegal immigrants who cannot vote. Though not a factor, since the turnout counts only those legally eligible to vote, it was an innocent observation.

Nevertheless, school officials claimed that several high school students whose parents are illegal immigrants were offended. Some form of punishment (details undisclosed) was imposed on the student, even while officials acknowledged that the student intended no harm.

Further, the school now is developing a new “cultural sensitivity” curriculum that will be required of all freshmen during their advisory period.

What’s next? What if a student should publicly comment that a large number of his classmates appear to be overweight, resulting in hurt feelings? Will there be a “cultural sensitivity” session and punishment for that?

Some people can, and will, take offense at the most insignificant and innocent comments. Schools should not take it upon themselves to mete out punishment in such circumstances. Where will we be, as a society, when we reach the point that students are so fearful about saying anything about any situation that they say nothing at all? Is that what we want from our future voters?



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