Academic Questions

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 354–360 | Cite as

Western Civilization, Inequality, and the Diversity Shell Game

  • J. Scott KenneyEmail author

Since the mid-1960s, the Western canon has been steadily purged from universities in favor of a trendy identity-based curriculum. The 2011 National Association of Scholars report that traced the decline of Western Civilization survey courses at American colleges (1964-2010) found not only that such courses “have virtually disappeared from general education requirements,” but that American history, seen as an extension of European history, is also in steep and steady decline.1 Perhaps the most outstanding sign of the rejection of the traditional curriculum occurred at Stanford University, where, after student protesters famously chanted “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Western culture’s got to go!” in the late 1980’s, the introductory survey courses were dropped in favor of more “diverse” options. A recent attempt at Stanford to reinstate Western civ as a requirement for graduation included a student ballot initiative, but it was rejected in April of 2016 by a 6:1 margin of the student body.2

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

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