Recently, a Canadian high school teacher broke the silence about where cultural relativism really leads.He told his Ontario students the horrific true story of the mutilation of an Afghan girl fleeing her abusive husband. He wanted to begin a study of moral philosophy with a case that students would surely agree on. But they didn’t. Most could not “pass judgment on another culture.”
Which sheds an interesting light on tolerance and diversity education: Apart from the idea of justice and injustice (moral judgment), all they can teach is moral imbecility.
A couple of other posts on related subjects that many readers found helpful were:
When we celebrate diversity, what exactly are we celebrating? And “Does a man’s honor really lie between the legs of a woman?”, unpacking the same issue using different news stories.
Our regular education offerings may also be worth a look:
Should a student go into social science? Social science’s house is on fire, and top guns don’t seem to notice.
Should a student go into criminal justice? Consider the obstacles first. The obstacles are very real, and many are misrepresented.