Universities Abandon Western Civilization

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Most students no longer are taught their nation’s triumphs that would equip them to be knowledgeable citizens.

Major universities have turned from instruction in the significance of Western Civilization to the “profound” influence of Lady Gaga, (real name: Stephanie Germanotta), the bizarre recording artist whose commercial success has somehow topped charts around the world. In some colleges today even history majors don’t have to delve into our nation’s influences and beginings.

The national Association of Scholars, in a new analysis, “The Vanishing West: 1964-2010,” describes the tragic near disappearance of the study of Western Civilization from the American undergraduate curriculum.

Four top-tier universities now offer Lady Gaga’s influence in music, the arts, fashion and the LGBT lifestyle. At the same time, shockingly, none of the schools—University of Virginia, University of South Carolina, Wake Forest, and Arizona State require their students to study history to get their diploma.

Western civilization courses have been scratched from the general education requirements. They have been replaced in large part by courses that either undermine traditions in the West or “Balkanize” the curriculum. For example, black studies emphasize the plight of blacks. Women’s studies enthuse over the rising role of women. Yet American history, when it is available and required, emphasizes conflict, exploitation and imperial goals. Third World studies typically relate supposed abuse and unfair dominance by the West.

Polls indicate that students are alienated from their own culture.  Witness the Occupy Wall Street Movement., so warmly embraced by Obama forces. Young people who will vote this year and some of whom will eventually be the nation’s leaders are no longer learning about their civilization’s triumphs and its role in transforming the human condition.

“[F]or much of the twentieth century the Western history survey course was the standard means by which colleges and universities provided American undergraduates with a coherent nature of their civilization’s rise,” the National Association of Scholars (NAS) said. The studies told of the exceptionalism of the United States, a national characteristic which Barack Obama disparages.

“Western Civilization courses had deep symbolic importance for those who were seeking to refocus the undergraduate curriculum on multiculturalism and diversity,” the NAS declared. “When in 1987 Jesse Jackson led Stanford protestors in a chant of ‘Hey hey, ho ho, Western Culture’s got to go,’ the object was not to displace mathematics or English literature, but eliminate a course that focused on Western Civilization,” the analysis recalled. Getting rid of Western Civilization courses reflected an ideological hostility. “Western Civilization” had come to be seen by radicals as a form of apologetics for racism, imperialism, sexism, and colonialism.

The first, comprehensive, multi-year investigation of subjects being taught in colleges across the country was “One-Party Classroom: How Radical Professors at America’s Top Colleges Indoctrinate Students and Undermine Our Democracy,” by David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin in 2009. They cited more than 150 courses revealing the left-wing politics infused in liberal arts curriculum, including attempts to convince students that America is imperialistic and racist. An earlier book (2006) by Horowitz, “The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America,” exposed those with terrorist or non-democratic goals.

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  • Rifleman

    It sounds like a good read, but the title should end in, "…Our Republic." The Founding Fathers understood that turning our republic into a democracy was a sure way to destroy it, we should heed their (and history's) warning.

    • RonL

      Pardon me? We effectively became a Democracy in the 1820s with universal male sufferege, or a century later with Women's Suffrage. While this led to the rise of populism and later progressivism and socialism, it is not relevant to this story. Teddy Roosevelet and his cousing Franklin were annoying progressives, but they understood and stood for Western Civilization.
      The instututionalized Oikophobia comes not from any will of the people, but from the will of an elite, which subscribes to Cultural Marxism. The only thing this has to do with Democracy, is the two part goal of the anti-Western Elite to teach our children to hate us and import a new people with immigration.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Soooooo, Tait Trussell (real name Tayt, T-Boz Trussell Simmons McSilverstein), David Horowitz, Alex Jones, and Lyndon Larouche all have in common that their sponsored intellectual tirades must begin with an assault on Lady Gaga. Poor, great Lady Gaga, with her great dance music and her vagina. What did she do to deserve all this Iranian Puritanical venom?

    • mrbean

      I know where you want to stick you tongue now don't I? heh heh heh

    • akbass

      Where exactly do you find this "Iranian Puritanical venom" in this article? You're obviously a product of the education system these authors are so lamenting. Read the article again, slowly. Perhaps you'll start to see through your own ignorance and realize that the author was NOT excoriating Lady Gaga. The point was that SURELY there must be other, deeper, more important subjects for college students than studying Lady Gaga. I don't think the author cares one whit about Lady Gaga or what she does, but to have university studies focusing on her and other pop icons in place of Western Civ courses is appalling.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Nah. He was being a music snob, much like David Horowitz talking about Rap or Henry Ford talking about Jazz in The International Jew. Lady Gaga outclasses Tait Trussell in terms of reaching a maximum amount of people with a positive message.

  • tagalog

    Elvis Presley had a "profound" influence on rock 'n' roll (a subject of questionable profundity) that lasted for decades, but I don't notice any university courses about him. And rightfully so. Pop culture is hardly one of those deep, ageless subjects.

    They didn't teach about Carol Doda when I was in college, although she was a pop culture phenomenon in my day. Today, a lot of people will be hard-pressed to identify the name.

    In a century, Elvis Presley, Lada Gaga, and rock 'n' roll will be utterly forgotten except among the most obsessive of historians. Bob Dylan, once thought to be a lyric poet for the ages, is fading away like wisps of a morning fog.

    On the other hand, I find that the classic and post-classic thinking of the West (which has survived for going on 2500 years) is more and more valuable to me as my life goes on. But of course none of that is considered valuable among generations that think history didn't begin until they were born. And among educators who perceive themselves more as pimps for the current post-high school set than as conduits between the established wisdom of the ages and the leaders of tomorrow.

    The current post-high school set probably thinks that rock 'n' roll is ancient history. So its only real value at this point is to the faculty who teach it.

    • Questions

      It is people like you who will be forgotten. You might as well change your name to Roger Kimball, another dull moral scold operating with an imprimatur of "scholar."

      • tagalog

        I never said I was a scholar.

        And the term "imprimatur" doesn't mean what the context you're using it in suggests you mean.

        You and I will both be forgotten.

    • Guest

      Schools have to be dumbed down so as to allow the current studentsd to pass especially the football and basketball players.

  • DMW

    Somewhere I remember someone talking about High Priests who "strain at gnats while they're swallowing camels" (ignoring weightier matters). The "High Priests" of practically all our institutions (law, education, media, news, etc.) seem to be doing the same, as too many seemingly have nothing to regurgitate to our youth but camel excrement.

  • jacob

    Proof of the pudding to me are the questions at programs such as Want to be a
    Millionnaire ?
    People know the name of the guy who carried the drums of the "Rithm Murderers"
    band but not the name of their own state's capital, let alone some other things of
    the world…

    Yes, but Lady Gaga is a befitting subject for the morons being mass produced in
    our so called learning institutions

  • flyingtiger

    I noticed that the small state college I went to 30 years ago still demands that you take two classes of Western Civ. I haven't been in the classes, so I am not sure they actually teach Westren Civ.

  • fritzidler

    Of all my life mistakes, the biggest one was going to college. I mean any college. And that was in the seventies. Based on what I've been reading lately, that was nothing compared to now. I'm just glad I went to a no-where college in Podunk Anytown. It could have been worse.

  • mrbean

    Read: Philosophy: Who Needs It
    by Ayn Rand
    Her Address To The Graduating Class Of
    The United States Military Academy at West Point,
    New York – March 6, 1974

    • RORY


  • UCSPanther

    Lady Gaga, like many other pop artists will be swiftly forgotten and fade into the past. That is the way history works.

    Hundreds, perhaps thousands of years from now, historians will remember the war heroes, major villains and prominent leaders, but everything else will be largely forgotten.

  • kongMing

    I strongly feel universities abandoned Western thought because of a large number inept students. Today students just want a piece of paper so one hopeful day they can work at the widget factory. Professors cherry pick the talent to help with their research, and then sleepwalk through the lectures while throwing a pop culture bone to keep interest, and student loans, up.

    Real Contemporary Western issues, like the millennium problems, analytic philosophy, organic fiction, high speed I/O computational science and genetics, require highly talented and specialized individuals with broad knowledge.

  • oldtimer

    Today's heros/heroines…Drug dealing/using, animal abusing, spouse abusers, shall I go on…athletes, movie stars, recording (so called) artists. This is what our children and grand children look up to. Is it a wonder why the world is in the condition it is in. A bunch of degenerates, and some of our political leaders aren't much better. Don't leave everything up to the teachers and schools. Parents and grandparents must direct their offspring in the right direction so they can stand strong against such evil influences.

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