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.
They have so institutionalized their rebellion that they have become what they were rebelling against in the first place.
another guy named Dan
But you are not required to take a single course in Shakespeare.
Required preparatory classes include study of literature from various periods of history, including Shakespeare. Core major requirements include additional study of historical literature.
The implication in the video is that the works of Shakespeare are not covered. Study of Shakespeare is a prerequisite for a major or a minor in English, and upper division courses on Shakespeare are available. The 10a series reading list includes Beowulf, the Bible, Chaucer, Donne, Jonson, Milton, and Shakespeare.
Jess1: Wrong again. The video clearly states that there is no course on old William required.
Oh gee whiz. The point of the video is that studying Shakespeare is not required, and that has helped kill the liberal arts. If studying Shakespeare is required, even if that means also studying Milton and the Bible, then the argument fails.
As for "Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability or Sexuality Studies; in Imperial Transnational or Post-Colonial Studies; and Critical Theory, if you don't think gender, race, etc. are important in literature, then you probably don't read much literature, including classic literature. Nearly everything that riles conservatives today riled conservatives then too.
The passionate endeavors to eliminate the classical studies from the curriculum of the liberal education and thus virtually to destroy its very character were one of the major manifestations of the revival of the servile ideology.
--Mises, Ludwig von, The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, 1956
Those who killed the Liberal Arts are those who were tasked with maintaining them. They are colloquially known as professors.
There are two factors that have 'killed' the study of great literature and art.
The first is simply that a very successful ploy in politics is to divide and conquer and in that division you must demonize the other group(s). Part of that demonization is to criticize their culture and history. You cannot study Shakespeare while at the same time champion black nationalism. So Shakespeare must go and any study or reading of the greatest works must be banned.
Conversely a counter culture and counter history must replace the banned culture and history. Enter black/hispanic/woman's/native studies. These are NOT celebrations of their culture. They are intended to destroy YOUR/MY culture and history. For the most part they are made up, pure fantasy, and embarrassing in their fiction passed as fact. But most importantly that are anti-European, pure bias and racism, pure hate and vitriol. Where the traditional European culture, art and history can be faulted only because it is Euro-centric the alternatives are intentionally euro-bigoted, euro-hate and at the basest level dishonest.
Maybe the great art, culture, invention and history of Europeans is not for everyone. But I don't think it deserves the hate and lies told about it. I agree that every culture has great things that should be remembered and taught but no one should allow that belief to mutate into hating other cultures simply because they are not your culture, your history.
There is a popular argument today used by the SJW and anti-culture warriors that castigates people for appropriation of culture. You can be criticized for wearing the wrong halloween costume. Ironically the very same people doing that are eager to attend our culture's schools (often paid for by our culture) drive our culture's cars and benefit from all of our culture's inventions. Appropriation is a two edge sword.