Of course, the humanities and the traditional liberal arts are essential elements of a proper college education. But the Heart of the Matter committee did not confront the real problem: Even if a magic wand were waved, and all undergraduates were forced to take required courses in the liberal arts, their content would not be recognizable to those who passed through the curriculum 40 years ago.The good news is that the Perpetually Aggrieved are facing reality. I'll offer evidence, with any luck, later this week.
In their successful campaign to discredit Western values and achievements — deemed to have succeeded via racism, chauvinism, imperialism and exploitation of the environment — out went the traditional liberal arts core curriculum, and in came a myriad of faux courses predicated on elevating the identity of the allegedly exploited, including Women’s, Black, Gay, Transsexual and Environmental Studies and their kin. The disguise for this subornation of an entire culture is Multiculturalism, one of those weasel words that cloaks the goal of undermining western culture with the inarguable position that students must study many other societies before learning about their own.
IDEOLOGICAL AGITPROP CROWDS OUT LEARNING.
Bernie Reeves of Phi Beta Cons suggests a "Heart of the Matter" task force to boost student interest in the humanities will only continue the self-marginalization of the Perpetually Aggrieved.