University Student Did Not Use Gender-Neutral Word In Essay, Instructor Takes Off A Mark

Pic above shows a mother with her two sons who are now two sisters. “We are but a few short steps away from an Orwellian (2 + 2 = 5) nightmare of Newspeak supervised by the Thought Police”. Good bye to truth and free speech, hello to lies and insanity! (r. a. intro)

Express News UK    By Paul Donnelley   Posted Fri. Mar.31, 2017

Cailin Jeffers is learning English at Northern Arizona University and submitted an essay using the word mankind and was shocked to find Dr. Anne Scott, her tutor, had taken off a mark.

Dr. Scott told Miss Jeffers that the Modern Language Association (MLA) is working to have gender-neutral guidelines adopted on a national level.

She said: “I will respect your choice to leave your diction choices ‘as is’ and to make whatever political and linguistic statement you want to make by doing so.

“By the same token, I will still need to subtract a point because your choice will not be made in the letter or spirit of this particular class, which is all about having you and other students looking beneath your assumptions and understanding that ‘mankind’ does not mean ‘all people’ to all people. It positively does not.”

Miss Jeffers said: “In one of these examples she stated that we could not use the word ‘mankind.’ Instead, we should use ‘humankind.’  I thought this was absurd, and I wasn’t sure if she was serious.” (Notice “MAN” in humankind – r. a. note)

“I would be negligent, as a professor who is running a class about the human condition and the assumptions we make about being ‘human,’ if I did not also raise this issue of gendered language and ask my students to respect the need for gender-neutral language,” Dr Scott explained.

“The words we use matter very much, or else teachers would not be making an issue of this at all, and the MLA would not be making recommendations for gender-neutral language at the national level.”

Afterwards, Dr Scott sent an email to the entire class informing them of “an important discussion that I had with one of our class members today about gender-neutral language.

“In a class such as this, wherein the course goals, discussions, readings, and assignments are all focused on what makes us ‘human’ and the assumptions we make about such a concept, it is crucial that we also understand what our word choices mean a great deal and have consequences in terms of what we reveal about our assumptions about ourselves and others, and the world generally.

Dr Scott denied that gender-neutral language is merely “political correctness”, pointing out that both the Modern Language Association and the American Psychological Association have put out guidelines promoting gender-neutral language.


About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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