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Is the History of Western Civilization ‘History’ in Higher Ed?

September 25, 2011

Yorktown University was founded by scholars who were concerned that the philosophic, religious, historical and political traditions of the West had been abandoned in American higher education in the late 1960s and 1970s when student radicals who opposed the war in Vietnam turned their attention to their colleges and universities. The result was abandonment of the curricular Core of required courses that included two courses in the History of Western Civilization. Finally, forty years later students are aware that their high-cost education has actually short-changed them and they are actively engaged in seeking reforms. We applaud their efforts and suggest that there is at least one University that heard their complaints and has done something about the intellectual poverty and lack of representation on American campuses of true scholarship in the philosophic basis of the West, the philosophy of limited government of the Founding Fathers, and the principles of economics that have nourished the American free enterprise system.

Elizabeth Murphy had a report on Inside Higher Ed last week about a growing campus group called “Youth for Western Civilation.”

Towson University is the latest battleground in a controversy over a student group whose presence is growing on college campuses.

Youth for Western Civilization appeared on the scene in 2009 as a co-sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference, sparking the interest of students across the country to start university chapters of their own. It has grown from about eight college chapters in its first year to about 15 today, with Towson as one of its newest member institutions.

The group has garnered a lot of attention for its stated standpoint — opposing “radical multiculturalism, political correctness, racial preferences, mass immigration, and socialism” — and particularly from hate-awareness groups saying it could have white nationalist ties. The group’s leaders vigorously challenge such assertions…Continue reading A Civilized Debate >>

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