English Exam Propaganda
Below is Text A from the latest NCEA English examination paper. Examinees are required to read this text then answer three loaded questions on it.
Even though Aotearoa New Zealand is a multicultural society, New Zealanders still judge and discriminate against others because of difference. Recent attacks against Islamic centres, the vandalism of Jewish graves, anti gay rallies, not to mention school bullying and unfriendliness, prove that NZ still has a way to go in its struggle for human rights.
Take a look around you. Most likely you are surrounded by diversity. Gay, black, Asian, redheads, comic nerds, rappers, ballerinas, rugby heads. Its time to realise that the very nature of humanity is diversity. We do not all look, feel, dress or act the same. How boring would the world be if we did? I mean pulease, I'd rather stare at a brick wall than live in a bland world where people are not brave enough to celebrate the difference.
Perhaps we are all a little guilty of judgement. Its easy to judge what we do not know. Most attacks against people different from ourselves are due to insecurity: a fear that aliens will take over or that I might become gay if I befriend a gay person. Sorry to burst the cosy little bubble that you've snuggled yourself into, but that won't happen. So why not be kind instead?
Diversity teaches us about the world we live in. It teaches us compassion and kindness towardds the people who have every right to share our school grounds. If we don't accept diversity on a small level, how can we ever expect world peace?
Do you detect a few socialist themes here?