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Response to Jim__ (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 3, 2012, 09:23 AM

7. He was reading a Wall Street Journal op-ed that argued that the UC's don't REQUIRE

an American history course.

This is typical Santorum misstatement and exaggeration. The WSJ op-ed (itself a reactionary bit of claptrap from a Hoover Institute conservative overstater) was doing the usual pseudo-academic bemoaning of the changing curriculum, crying that the UC's don't REQUIRE a course in American history, and arguing that Berkeley doesn't have a survey course in Western Civ (because, um, it's not 1955 anymore, apparently). This is typical culture wars stuff, Dinesh D'Souza without the brains (and that's saying a lot), how can you be an English major and not have a required Shakespeare course, closing of the American mind style nonsense. Santorum makes it even more nonsensical by exaggerating: you can't even take an American history class at any UC! Wah! Of course, that's complete idiocy: there are plenty of what we in the humanities call "Americanists" of all stripes in many departments at many UC's and they all offer courses in their area of specialty. What Santorum is on about is the requirement that one take an American history survey at the college level, a requirement that is usually met by the YEAR that almost every high school student in this country has to spend on American history.

What is a 10 or 16 week college level SURVEY course going to cover that the 40 week high school YEAR in US history didn't? It's a grand mystery.

This is not even to mention where the real resistance to the requirement comes from: the very STEM programs that we're supposed to be abandoning the humanities for in the first place! So, who kills the requirement for a US history survey course? is it the evil multiculturalists forcing all the white suburbanites to take classes in South Asian Women's Literature Under Colonization? No. It's the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs that fill their student's schedules with three semesters of calculus before they can even start taking major courses. Why do they oppose the humanities requirements? Because their students literally don't have an open space in their schedule for the first two years of college, given the major requirements. None of these whining conservatives have ever done academic advising for incoming first-year students, that's for sure.

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