Thursday, April 13, 2023

Failing Our Students

We have been so bombarded by the supposed educational virtues of diversity and multiculturalism that we no longer see how peculiar such a position actually is. Why was it that a program that was meant to be an introduction to Western civilization had to be made into something else? Why was it that Stanford, rather than adding courses that might cover other cultures in serious and sympathetic ways, felt compelled to make a survey of the core texts of Western civilization into something that it was not? And why was it that it all culminated in a chant not of "Let's read more minority writers!" but of "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Western Civ has got to go!"

- John Agresto, The Death of Learning: How American Education Has Failed Our Students and What to Do About It

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