We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"General College students were normally required to take 17 hours a semester to remain enrolled, a tough load during the Vietnam War draft from 1965 to 1972. To matriculate out of General College at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, students had to complete four semesters of science (with lab), two semesters of English and English literature, two semesters of math, four semesters of a foreign language, two semesters of physical education and two semesters of Western Civilization - the course that contributed the most to the failure rate.
The radical scholars recognized Western Civ had to be erased to achieve their goal of destroying the old order and ushering in the new "inclusive" inclusive manifesto. (Remember Jesse Jackson's chant at Stanford? "Hi-ho, hi-ho, Western Civ has to go"). In the process, the General College was abandoned - and with it went the foundation of a proper college education."
Dinosaur that I am, that old style is still "college" to meand it is what I expect from job applicants I interrogate interview.
"Western Civ has got to go"... What an ignorant position to take! It as given more prosperity and freedom to more people than any other social organization. The fact that Jesse Jackson was against it would be a reason to be for it in my book!
It seems pretty clear that the level of understanding of American History and Western Civilization has fallen dramatically. That is not just in the universities, but ven more in the high school teaching.
That loss of common understanding is responsible for the major divisions in our country and for the loss of understanding as to what government should be and what it should do. That allows the politicians to run wild and people like Durbin decide they should decide who ha freedom of the press.