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Yes, our colleges are losing their understanding of history; and no, we shouldn't try to dictate what they teach

Reader comment on item: Congress: Stop Subsidizing Biased Middle East Studies
in response to reader comment: Apology

Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Oct 31, 2014 at 08:06

By your comment, Jana, I detect that you want the universities to actually teach history instead of marketing politically expedient fantasies such as the "Palestinian people". I agree that this would be good; but more to the heart of the matter, I would like to see the US Government cease and desist from mandating that our schools teach lies. After all, are the Feds channeling money to these institutions in order to control what they teach? Or are we simply trying to help disadvantaged people have better access to them? Universities that teach "Palestinian history" and other such nonesense, ought to be recognized for what they are: inferior institutions, with substandard history programs; and the prospective students themselves ought to be the ones to decide this.

Harvard College was founded, in the 1600s, as a ministerial training school, where prospective ministers could learn to study the Bible in its original languages. It took about a generation, for it to deviate from that course and become a hotbed for every strange new doctrine; and it did this without any help from the British and Colonial governments. The teachers at Harvard INTUITIVELY gravitated towards towards teaching philosophies that allowed them to blab anything that floated into their head; and the college professors of today, left to themselves, do and would do likewise. The fact that the radicals of today need the help of Federal Government interference, to ensure that their programs are radical enough, points out the insecurity of the Left (and Islamic fundamentalists, who seem to be in the same camp with them) in their own beliefs.

Daniel proposes that we correct the Left-biased government mandates by instructing them to be less biased. I do not think this is the prudent way to handle the problem. I believe it would be more productive, if we abandoned the mandates altogether, and simply helped poorer students to get into what they considered to be the best schools.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
An article in Commentary bolsters your argument [123 words]PezDispenserMar 31, 2015 14:54222579
Apology [34 words]JanaOct 13, 2014 20:33218689
Yes, our colleges are losing their understanding of history; and no, we shouldn't try to dictate what they teach [324 words]Michael S.Oct 31, 2014 08:06218689
1Changing opinions [25 words]JanaNov 2, 2014 02:57218689
1The original inhabitants of "Palestine" [771 words]Michael S.Nov 4, 2014 06:13218689
Palestina Occupation [45 words]JanaNov 9, 2014 03:50218689
Palestina [36 words]JanaNov 9, 2014 04:11218689
Of bumpkins and hummingbirds [409 words]Michael S.Nov 17, 2014 13:50218689
Arafat was never a "Palestinian" [116 words]Michael S.Nov 21, 2014 14:54218689
Of Mice and men! [67 words]JanaNov 24, 2014 08:09218689
Palestina [19 words]JanaNov 26, 2014 05:50218689
If I were a geek man... [919 words]Michael S.Nov 26, 2014 15:47218689
If I were [218 words]JanaNov 30, 2014 06:57218689
Brigadoon [356 words]Michael SDec 4, 2014 11:55218689
Brigadoon [141 words]JanaDec 8, 2014 03:09218689
about dragons and such [378 words]Michael S.Dec 11, 2014 02:57218689
1teaching of Islam in LAUSD, schools in Los Angeles [175 words]sheila ginsbergOct 13, 2014 15:06218687
Teaching of islam [9 words]JanaNov 3, 2014 05:32218687
1Yes, Sheila -- there's something really out of balance here. [117 words]Michael S.Nov 25, 2014 10:32218687
1a crazy idea: Just cut off all the funds now! After all, I hear that we have a bit of a budget deficit. [4 words]MarkOct 12, 2014 08:50218650
Education or propaganda ? [31 words]JoseOct 11, 2014 16:01218640
No taxpayer funding for anti-American studies. [69 words]J. ArnonOct 11, 2014 13:23218636
1Middle Eastern Studies Centers Beyond Redemption [70 words]Richard H. ShulmanOct 11, 2014 09:58218625
1A very needed measure [32 words]Arthcur CohnOct 10, 2014 22:30218612
Defund It [78 words]MikeKuOct 11, 2014 22:59218612

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