My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

More political correctness...

Don't these administrators in New Hampshire have anything better to do?
Amherst Regional High School has banished the term "freshman"- a move the principal calls overdue, but some students say oozes political correctness.

Beginning this year, students in ninth grade are now referred to by the gender-neutral title "ninth-graders."

"This is 2005 and the word 'man'or 'men' no longer refers to all people," said Samantha Camera, a social studies teacher at the high school. She said the change was an opportunity to use more inclusive language.

The school is changing everything from its official documents to its morning announcements to reflect the new term.

Area colleges have already grappled with "freshman." Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges, which accept only women, dropped the term in the early 1980s in favor of "first-year students." Amherst College did the same around 1998. The University of Massachusetts continues to use "first year" and "freshman" interchangeably on documents referring to students of both genders.

But in Amherst, some believe language is a measure of how people are viewed and treated.

ARHS Assistant Principal Marta Guevara, who spearheaded the change, said the decision to move away from 'freshman' was a result of conversations among faculty that began after the controversial production of The Vagina Monologuestwo years ago.

"We want conversation, we want for kids to bring forward their thinking," said Guevara. "It's a great conversation to make them aware of the possible misogynistic, oppressive or non-inclusive language."


Anonymous kariba said...

I'm a woman and I think this is very silly. If I was called a "freshman" I wouldn't interpret that as "non-inclusive" or "oppressive".

10:27 AM  
Blogger ferrethouse said...

We always called them "nippers" - which is fun to say and is gender neutral (as if that matters). Or why not call them what university "freshmen" are called - frosh.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mid 1990's comedy PCU is getting more prescient all the time. Although they had the 'campus conservatives' as being behind the PC movement, which as we have seen is opposite to the way it ha played out in the real world.

1:38 PM  

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