Monday, April 23, 2012
The Decline of the Humanities
Hat tip PJ Media
Since I began teaching college in 1995, I have seen first-hand all the horror stories I was told during my government career about what is happening in our universities. Education has taken a back seat to indoctrination. It is hardly surprising that most of this takes place within the humanities and social sciences though one enterprising math teacher at California State University at Northridge by the name of David Klein has managed to work Israel-bashing into his math classes. And it is not just in the United States, but also in Canada as Janice Fiamengo writes in this article in PJ Media.
Of course, my field is teaching English to non-English speakers, but when I was teaching at Northern Virginia Community College, I also taught drug education for a couple of terms to American students. Grammar, punctuation and spelling were part of the overall grade. It was amazing to see the term papers some of them turned in. You would have thought they were written by my ESL students. How sad. This is an example, however, of how something has to give when you are so busy making students feel good about themselves at the expense of providing real knowledge.
Of course, the operative question to ask a professor as he or she is telling you not to believe what your parents, your pastor, the media, or your government is telling you is why you should believe what our professors are telling you? That is guaranteed to get you an A, right?