A Philosopher's Response

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Posted by Zen Man at cache-2.sbo.ma.webcache.rcn.net on January 16, 2001 at 16:56:13:

In Reply to: An English teacher's view posted by Zeebadaboodee on January 16, 2001 at 16:04:37:

As the holder of a BA in Philosophy I am thoroughly alarmed by this

The argument seems to based on empirical evidence that may or may not be
true. The argument they are posing is that certain language or subject matter should not be taught if it does not pertain to the current
demographic profile of the student body.

Well I guess Shakespeare should no longer be taught then.
And if you continue the argument neither should History (Ancient, American
or otherwise)

Education requires exposure to concepts that may be totally alien to us.

Unfortunately I am at work right now and cannot compose a valid argument
with good content. But my own meager exposure to the discipline of philosopy is telling me that Moore's argument is of the worst kind. It is
a deontological (non-consequentialist) argument based on cultural relativism that will crumble under close scrutiny.

This smacks of the argument that Ebonics (Urban Slang) should be recognized as an official language.

If you disagree with me please post your response and reasoning.
Especially you guys with the RED names.

Zen Man

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