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Is an open mind a good thingIt is fashionable today to have an open mind and to subscribe to pluralist theories It is no longer acceptable to have and defend your own viewpoint They tell us that every culture and every opinion and every idea has merit in and of itself and that no one has the right to argue that They tell us that if we impose our own ideas and culture and viewpoints upon others their cultural contribution to the world will be lost The only way to keep our cultural diversity they tell us is to have an open mind Be tolerant Dont be a bigot A bigot Thats what they call you when you have your own opinion and you try to defend it One used to be considered honorable if they held to their beliefs Now that type of person is labled a bigot by those who dont agree with him The trend today is toward diversity Everywhere you go organizations advertise their diversity One excellent example would be universities Almost any university prides themselves on their cultural and ethinic diversity They will brag about their percenteges of minorities and how many different minorities attend their school But look again UNIversities seeking DIversity What is wrong with this picture The university used to be a place where students of all backgrounds and experiences came together to be molded into society Universities are supposed draw people together and give them all a common background not bring them together so that they can be driven further apart At universities across the nation and around the world students are being taught to build ties to their own ethnicity instead of learning how the world can be brought together This is even occurring at the elementary level Just look at the recent campaign for a system called Ebonics This proposed curriculum would teach students of African descent the grammar and usage of the dialogue
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