Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Orwell understood the power of erasing history -- and so do our schools

I vividly remember in George Orwell's "1984" his description of the Department in which Smith works -- Smith systematically removes references to any historical events that are no longer consistent with Big Brother's current policies. Orwell understood totalitarianism, and our universities have certainly caught on. The following two paragraphs Jon Sanders article about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill beautifully demonstrate how the left is erasing our history:

"The study of Western civilization, once a rite of passage for the college-educated, has taken a back burner in modern curricula. These days, trendy universities focus almost entirely on multiculturalism. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the outcry over a proposal to revive 'Western Civilization' shows just how deeply the academic Left hates it. Some background: In North Carolina, of the eleven UNC schools surveyed, just a third still require a course in Western history or Western civilization. That's according to 'How Solid is the Core? A Study of General Education Requirements at 11 North Carolina Institutions,' a study conducted by the National Association of Scholars and released this fall by my organization, the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. But about two thirds 'require a multicultural or cultural diversity course.' The study declared this finding 'at best a sign of interest in non-Western cultures, but all too often an exercise in politically correct 'education.''"