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Pernicious Tolerance: How Teaching to Accept Differences Undermines Civil Society (Hardback)
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Pernicious Tolerance: How Teaching to Accept Differences Undermines Civil Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 183 Pages / Published: 15/03/2008
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Recent decades have seen a consistent effort by the American educational establishment to instruct schoolchildren about the importance of "appreciating differences," all in the name of "tolerance," so as to quell burgeoning "hate." In Pernicious Tolerance, Robert Weissberg argues that educators' endless obsession with homophobia, sexism, racism, and other alleged hateful disorders is part of a much larger ongoing radical ideological quest to transform America, by first capturing education.

In pursuing their objectives, radical pedagogues have abandoned the idea of tolerance of what some find objectionable. In its place they have adopted a fantasy-that tolerance can be replaced with a blank-check appreciation of diversity. Weissberg argues that this approach is guaranteed to promote civil strife. In rejecting a more workable version of tolerance, today's professional educators risk civic disaster in an effort to achieve legitimacy for those they believe are unfairly marginalized, stigmatized, underappreciated, and otherwise disdained.

Weissberg also addresses the issue of an ever-expanding welfare state not only concerned with our material being, but, critically, also with our "mental health," defined as beliefs about the vulnerable or victims in waiting-women, ethnic and racial minorities, homosexuals, and others. He shows that this therapeutic state does not stop at imploring good thinking; it goes much further and criminalizes evil thoughts, as if thinking poorly of those at risk is tantamount to inflicting bodily harm. There is substantial collateral damage in this quest for tolerance; it facilitates intellectual sloth while raising anti-intellectualism to an honored professional norm.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412806954
Number of pages: 183
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 233 x 162 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Weissberg attacks one of contemporary culture's most sacred articles of faith by questioning whether tolerance, as currently understood, is really a virtue in public education. . . . Instead, Weissberg advocates a more traditional (and etymologically correct) view of tolerance that simply endures that which is odious and alien. Real tolerance is not pretending to like everything, but rather civilly putting up with the unfamiliar and uncomfortable. . . . Highly recommend."

--R.D. Stacey, "Choice"


"Robert Weissberg exposes the crude political agenda behind the 'tolerance' industry and shows why tolerance hucksters should have no place in the nation's schools. "

--Heather MacDonald, John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute; author, "Are Cops Racist?"

"Weissberg explores the well-organized and well-funded campaign to use education in America, under the guise of promoting toleration, to teach students an intensely ideological interpretation of multiculturalism. Crucial to the campaign is the promulgation of a substantially transformed understanding of toleration that seethes with intolerance. . . . [W]hereas the old toleration asked citizens to respect each other as equally subject to the law, the new toleration in effect insists that they classify each other as inferior oppressors or victims made superior by their oppressor. . . . [Weissberg] writes crisp, clear prose that can be easily understood by any intelligent reader."

--Peter Berkowitz, "The American Interest"


"Robert Weissberg exposes the crude political agenda behind the 'tolerance' industry and shows why tolerance hucksters should have no place in the nation's schools. "

--Heather MacDonald, John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute; author, "Are Cops Racist?"

"Weissberg explores the well-organized and well-funded campaign to use education in America, under the guise of promoting toleration, to teach students an intensely ideological interpretation of multiculturalism. Crucial to the campaign is the promulgation of a substantially transformed understanding of toleration that seethes with intolerance. . . . [W]hereas the old toleration asked citizens to respect each other as equally subject to the law, the new toleration in effect insists that they classify each other as inferior oppressors or victims made superior by their oppressor. . . . [Weissberg] writes crisp, clear prose that can be easily understood by any intelligent reader."

--Peter Berkowitz, "The American Interest"


"Weissberg attacks one of contemporary culture's most sacred articles of faith by questioning whether tolerance, as currently understood, is really a virtue in public education. . . . Instead, Weissberg advocates a more traditional (and etymologically correct) view of tolerance that simply endures that which is odious and alien. Real tolerance is not pretending to like everything, but rather civilly putting up with the unfamiliar and uncomfortable. . . . Highly recommend."

--R.D. Stacey, "Choice"


"Weissberg attacks one of contemporary culture's most sacred articles of faith by questioning whether tolerance, as currently understood, is really a virtue in public education. . . . Instead, Weissberg advocates a more traditional (and etymologically correct) view of tolerance that simply endures that which is odious and alien. Real tolerance is not pretending to like everything, but rather civilly putting up with the unfamiliar and uncomfortable. . . . Highly recommend."

--R.D. Stacey, Choice


"Robert Weissberg exposes the crude political agenda behind the 'tolerance' industry and shows why tolerance hucksters should have no place in the nation's schools. "

--Heather MacDonald, John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute; author, Are Cops Racist?

"Weissberg explores the well-organized and well-funded campaign to use education in America, under the guise of promoting toleration, to teach students an intensely ideological interpretation of multiculturalism. Crucial to the campaign is the promulgation of a substantially transformed understanding of toleration that seethes with intolerance. . . . [W]hereas the old toleration asked citizens to respect each other as equally subject to the law, the new toleration in effect insists that they classify each other as inferior oppressors or victims made superior by their oppressor. . . . [Weissberg] writes crisp, clear prose that can be easily understood by any intelligent reader."

--Peter Berkowitz, The American Interest


-Weissberg attacks one of contemporary culture's most sacred articles of faith by questioning whether tolerance, as currently understood, is really a virtue in public education. . . . Instead, Weissberg advocates a more traditional (and etymologically correct) view of tolerance that simply endures that which is odious and alien. Real tolerance is not pretending to like everything, but rather civilly putting up with the unfamiliar and uncomfortable. . . . Highly recommend.-

--R.D. Stacey, Choice


-Robert Weissberg exposes the crude political agenda behind the 'tolerance' industry and shows why tolerance hucksters should have no place in the nation's schools. -

--Heather MacDonald, John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute; author, Are Cops Racist?

-Weissberg explores the well-organized and well-funded campaign to use education in America, under the guise of promoting toleration, to teach students an intensely ideological interpretation of multiculturalism. Crucial to the campaign is the promulgation of a substantially transformed understanding of toleration that seethes with intolerance. . . . [W]hereas the old toleration asked citizens to respect each other as equally subject to the law, the new toleration in effect insists that they classify each other as inferior oppressors or victims made superior by their oppressor. . . . [Weissberg] writes crisp, clear prose that can be easily understood by any intelligent reader.-

--Peter Berkowitz, The American Interest

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