Stanford students reject Western Civilization course

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Only 14 percent of the student body voted in favor of the motion, with 1992 voting against and 342 students voting in support of the initiative.


  • Kathy Prendergast

    They know it would be too hard for them.

  • Since when do you have to get student council’s approval through a general referendum on whether or not a particular course should be taught? It’s none of their business. You offer the course, if sufficient students register and pay for it then it’s a go. If you don’t want the course, you don’t take it.

    And what about the different Faculties? What business do students in the Faculty of Arts have deciding what will be taught in the History or Geography departments? Does the general student body also decide the individual courses what will be taught in Medicine or Engineering, or Business? I’m glad I graduated back in the ’90’s when you could still get a relatively liberal education — before the Communist revolution.

    • luna

      I think the issue was not whether or not to offer the class, but rather whether or not to make the course a university wide degree requirement.

      • Still, it’s none of the students’ business. General prerequisite courses like that are a decision of the Faculties. They usually occur in your freshman year. They need to shut-up and learn the basics first.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’ve long been a proponent of teaching a mandatory course in math history.
      I think it would answer the most common question in math classes.

  • HalcyonDaze

    Why would they bother attending a course on Western Civilization when they’re intent upon destroying it?

  • DonaldDouglas

    They’re idiots. “Hey ho, hey ho. Western culture’s got to go!”

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    Multiculturalism doesn’t nourish or benefit a culture; rather, it kills it. Just one more piece of evidence to the already large mountain of evidence.