Saturday, November 2, 2019

Censoring Shakespeare

The following article offers more evidence of the decline in western culture and education. Friends, I gave up teaching at the university half a dozen years ago after fifteen years in the trenches, and I’m so glad I’m no longer fighting against the unrestrained leftist loons in academia. Well, read and weep:

To assume an English major took a class in Shakespeare is a pretty safe assumption, or at least it used to be. Now, not even the Bard of Avon is safe from censorship, as university administrators and faculty use the education system to drive their own agendas.
At the University of California, Los Angeles, English majors are no longer required to study one of the greatest writers of all time. Instead, they have to take classes in “Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability and Sexuality Studies” and “Imperial, Transnational, and Postcolonial Studies,” in addition to critical theory and creative writing.
Dost thou ask why? “To expose students to alternative rubrics of gender, sexuality, race, and class,” according to the UCLA catalogue.
Shocking, isn’t it? This English department took out Shakespeare to drive its own ideological agenda. While I didn’t particularly like Shakespeare as an undergraduate student obsessed with the modern American novel, this is still a tragedy.

3 comments:

  1. i don't know about it being a tragedy, but it's certainly silly...

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    1. Ok .... well, I don’t understand a world in which an English major can graduate without reading Shakespeare .... alas, I’m a relic of the past ....

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    2. it is truly a different world; sometimes i feel like i slipped into a parallel universe of some sort...

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