ERIC Number: EJ805255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
The N-Word: Reducing Verbal Pollution in Schools
Fisher, Ericka J.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v81 n6 p278-281 Jul-Aug 2008
In this article, the author focuses on the crisis of verbal pollution in our society. "Verbal pollution" refers to the use of words and comments that the majority agrees are offensive, are damaging, and may lead to the deterioration of social institutions. Verbal pollution encompasses hate speech, such as the derogatory words used by Michael Richards, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and Don Imus. Using the example of a large, urban, secondary school, the author suggests that the pollution seen on a macro level throughout society has taken root in the educational system. The author proposes a multistep program of action to reduce the pollution. Without serious intervention, verbal pollution will spread, making the already difficult process of educating nearly impossible.
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Multicultural Education, Urban Areas, Urban Schools, Values Education, Intervention, Role Models, Speech Communication, Racial Bias, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts