"Unintelligible at any speed."
No, not Ralph Nader mumbling, but the lyrics to "Louie Louie
," in the FBI's humble assessment more than 40 years ago. Nevertheless, this week a Michigan school superintendent banned
a middle school marching band from playing the song... even without anyone singing the lyrics.
posted by twsf
on May 5, 2005 -
Only men bake cookies in school textbooks.
What do dinosaurs, mountains, deserts, brave boys, shy girls, men fixing roofs, women baking cookies, elderly people in wheelchairs, athletic African Americans, God, heathens, witches, owls, birthday cake and religious fanatics all have in common? Trick question? Not really. As we learn from Diane Ravitch's eye-opening book "The Language Police," all of the above share the common fate of having been banned from the textbooks or test questions (or both) being used in today's schools.
posted by dagny
on May 2, 2003 -