Schools and the Responsibilities of Citizenship


Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar InMD says:

    Interesting article. I think she’s right in a way but the piece left me scratching my head because she didn’t really lay out her assumptions. It would be more interesting if she really established a definition of what she means by ‘PC’. If PC means something like generalized live and let live tolerance of other races, religions, sexual orientations, etc., while making the case for eliminating de jure discrimination and minimizing social prejudice based on those kinds of characteristics then I think shes right, and that schools should teach those values. The US works best as something like a creed state, where a civic religion serves as a unifying force.

    However, I don’t think that’s really what most people mean when they talk about PCism. What both the identitarian/intersectionality left in academia and the populist right teach is Balkanization. The last thing we should be teaching children is that all that matters is identity and power. If that’s the case then there is no way to make the American experiment work, which is why I think these ideas are so dangerous.Report

  2. Avatar atomickristin says:

    Interesting article in what appears to be an interesting blog. I hadn’t heard of Penelope Trunk before (Google informs me I probably should have). Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Mike.Report