Being pc on the PC

I’m very curious about the role of technology in education. And yes, there’s much that can be done to rejuvenate learning, and reach students in a way impossible without technology. But there are some things in the education domain that you cant really tackle with technology (or are there?).

Graduation, for example, is supposed to be a time for dressing up in the academic garb, listening to inspirational speeches from influential movers-and-shakers, having your nearest-and-dearest (if you’re lucky to have one of those) take pics of you, and generally feeling pretty darned nice about yourself. But, the dreaded pc (that’s political correctness, hence the no-caps) is creeping in. How about this from Anglia Ruskin Uni in the UK – pc gone too far or perhaps something else?

Made me wonder what an online graduation would be like? How would it work? The technology to link everyone up is there, you wouldnt have to leave your living room, but not sure how the actual presentation of the piece-of-paper would work, and you probably wouldn’t get the feel good factor. But, one thing’s sure – no-one would get whacked by flying mortar boards!! It gives whole new meaning to the internet being a safe place.

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Posted on May 28, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Perhaps not so much pc as the tendency to get paralysed with fear in the face of any kind of risk, however minute – we are the super-cautious society. However, I agree with you about the excesses of politcal correctness – I have blogged on this myself.

  2. Agreed, excess caution can be a problem resulting in excess PC, though the British Probabation Officers might be more of a case of freedom-of-speech.

    Malcolm Gladwell has a chapter in part 2 of outliers where he showed that South Korean air crashes were traced back to the inability of co-pilots and first officers to overcome a culturally ingrained political correctness that prevents over-ruling the decisions of the captain.

    Excesses of political correctness can be life-threatening.

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