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The Headmaster
Posted on: 26 June 2006, 9:59pm

Apparently some education authorities insist that blackboards now be called 'chalk boards'. It could just be a false rumour spread by the more rabid anti-PC brigade, but even if they're getting het up about it for no reason that doesn't mean I can't include it (if you follow my creaky reasoning). And so suitable a subject too!

The Headmaster
Posted on: 27 June 2006, 1:32pm

Here's a typical comment from a correspondent in Cheshire*.

"The use of the word black is the most ludicrous of all the P.C nonsense. When you say "blackboard" you are describing a board that is black, nothing more. However, when you refer to an afro-caribbean person as black you are being inaccurate as they are, in fact, various shades of brown. I recently worked with a "black" man from South Africa who frequently used the word "coloured" to describe himself. He saw no problem with the word, apparently this is common in South Africa. Try it here and they will string you up by your thumbs. Controlling the way you talk, and what you say, is the first step to controlling what you think. People are terrified to say what they think for fear of causing offence. Orwell was not wrong when he wrote 1984 - he just set it 20 years early."

This presumably was written by someone who is various shades of pink (and a deep red apoplectic flush). Now where did I put my thumb string…

The blackboard is in place, and with my shaky arithmetic it's doubly incorrect (it's been a while since I did my levels). I could have compounded the offence by marking it as 'wrong' (rather than 'differently right', or 'right in some non-Euclidean geometries') but I'll let it stand.

*Found on the comments page of the 'Campaign Against Political Correctness' - what Little England does when it's too wet for the allotment.

eegphalanges
Posted on: ?

I took a class on pc-ness in college, and learned that not only "blackboard" is a no-no, but also "flip chart" (those tripod-standing presentation drawing pads that we had before powerpoint). I learned why, "flip" is an insulting term for Filipino. I had no idea! I learned a new ethnic slur!

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