Flogging the Canon
Over at Inside Higher Ed, Stephen Brockmann apologizes for the culture war having politicized the humanities in the 80s: “What on earth were we thinking? Exactly why was it considered progressive in the 1980s to get rid of courses like Western civilization? And why did supporting a traditional liberal arts education automatically make one a conservative?” Good questions. I ask them often! He thinks the tradition of teaching the canon is dead from wounds sustained in the culture wars. Well… let’s start again and see what happens!