Friday, December 16, 2011

Has Political Correctness Gone Too Far?

Every year our school is visited by the Seal A Smile program.  It provides free dental care for any student whose parent completes a form stating that their child does not have dental insurance and is in need of a check up.  Four to five of my students usually visit the hygienist and I hate to think about what they discover in their gross little mouths.

Before the forms go home, the hygienist visits each classroom and reviews proper hygiene, tooth brushing techniques, and the importance of flossing.  Most of the students know that you need to change your toothbrush every few months (end of the school year, beginning of the school year, Christmas, and Easter), that soda rots your teeth, and that water is the best liquid for a healthy mouth (and body).  It is in asking such questions that political correctness may have gone too far...

When referring to the adults that the students live with and are seeking permission from the lovely, older, gray haired hygienist called them "your grown ups".  No longer are the people who bore us our parents or guardians, they have become our grown ups.  Does that make us their young downs?

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