American History no Longer Required for History Majors
Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 26, 2016
Independent Journal Review reports on yet another sign of the disintegration and political tampering in education by the higher-education industry. According to the report, George Washington University has changed its requirements for history majors, no longer requiring a course in US History to earn the degree.
GW joins approximately one third of the top US universities in omitting the American history requirement, according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). ACTA President-elect Michael Poliakoff correctly says of this radical direction:
“Historical illiteracy is the inevitable consequence of lax college requirements, and that ignorance leads to civic disempowerment. A democratic republic cannot thrive without well-informed citizens and leaders. Elite colleges and universities in particular let the nation down when the examples they set devalue the study of United States history.”
It would be bad enough if universities the US history requirement to make way for courses they felt were more important for students, irrespective of how ludicrous that conclusion would be. No, instead their motivation is far more sinister. Progressives at universities understand that history teaches lessons that affect graduates’ conclusions and then ultimately future policy decisions that could inhibit the radical Left’s political agenda.
Besides irresponsible curriculums, the cost of services universities offer, i.e. education, are out of control. While in a free market consumers would ultimately demand improvement and more efficiency, governmental intervention through financing and funding programs has allowed consumers to be pillaged. This is another example of damage to society as a result of crony capitalism