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Doc was a teacher from 1967 to 2010. (Sigh)


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1473 - The Two Cultures
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There is an excellent essay in the new New York Times Book Review, "Sing to Me, O Muse (But Keep It Brief) by David Lehman. It really grapples with the core problem of what has happened in education, what turned it over to technicians and destroyed the humanities, especially English and history. It seems to have started with Snow's The Two Cultures, which came out in 1962, when I was starting college. I knew it was in the news, but it was too late to destroy my attachment to the humanities. Now with STEM education, the humanities are crushed and schools like our school have shown the white flag. The future is bleak, boys and girls. Lehman points out that UCLA "has dismantled its core, doing away with the formerly obligatory four courses in Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton and replacing them with 'alternative rubrics of gender, sexuality, race and class.'" Sigh.

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