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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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