We go through most of our lives discriminating in one way or another:
Main Entry: disÂ·crimÂ·iÂ·nateIt is interesting that, in today's politically correct world, the secondary meaning has become the primary meaning. Instead of "using good judgment" we are treating others unfairly (not on individual merit). Or is it that we are not allowed to treat individuals on the basis of their merit and, therefore, cannot use good judgement.
Inflected Form(s): -natÂ·ed; -natÂ·ing
Etymology: Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare, from discrimin-, discrimen distinction, from discernere to distinguish between -- more at DISCERN
1 a : to mark or perceive the distinguishing or peculiar features of b : DISTINGUISH, DIFFERENTIATE <discriminate hundreds of colors>
2 : to distinguish by discerning or exposing differences; especially : to distinguish from another like object
1 a : to make a distinction <discriminate among historical sources> b : to use good judgment
2 : to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit <discriminate in favor of your friends> <discriminate against a certain nationality>
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My sister just completed her Masters Degree in Education with specializations in "Special" and Deaf education. She was pointing out how the "No Child Left Behind" act was unfair because schools that "mainstream" special or deaf education students are measured the same way as schools that educate those students separately or, in the case of private/charter schools, refuse admittance to those students on the basis of not having the necessary resources for those students.
Whereupon, I pointed out that it is that very politically correct approach to education that says that we can't be discriminating (use good judgment) because it is discriminating (measuring one on the basis of ability or merit) that the government now feels compelled to treat/measure all student progress the same regardless of particular students' special needs or limitations.
My sister acknowledged the "double-edged sword."