I'm a hypocrite. Am I a hypocrite? I'm teaching students in Journalism this year. They should be incisive, fair but aggressive. More than anything, they should WRITE. About anything, at all times. But when using wikis to work with them should we have any language restrictions? Me and my colleague made it very clear to them from the beginning that we're working on an academic space where they should "watch the language". BUT: isn't it a form of hypocrisy on my behalf? Pretending swear words don't exist in a language? Isn't it a form of censorship, to erase words which have offensive connotations? I for one use bad words sometimes, I listen to hip hop, I don't blush when I say a ... joke.On the other hand, accepting these things will lead us educators WHERE?
I'm confrunting with this dilemma. Help!