Ab­surd, sim­ply ab­surd

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

As if we needed an­other rea­son to lament the state of the world in the last week of 2006, the Young Amer­ica’s Foun­da­tion has is­sued its an­nual rank­ings on the 12 most out­ra­geous course of­fer­ings at some of the coun­try’s lead­ing col­leges and univer­si­ties.

Be­ing a fam­ily news­pa­per, we can’t ex­actly tell you which course earned YAF’s top spot, but par­ents of high school ju­niors and se­niors might want to steer their chil­dren away from Oc­ci­den­tal Col­lege in Los An­ge­les. The school’s Women’s Stud­ies/Gen­der Stud­ies de­part­ment of­fers a range of nau­se­at­ing left­ist clap­trap, but the best (or worst) of the bunch cov­ers “phal­lol­o­go­cen­trism.”

Mov­ing right along, YAF ranks the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia-Los An­ge­les’ “Queer Mu­si­col­ogy” course in sec­ond place for its study of how “sex­ual dif­fer­ence and com­plex gen­der iden­ti­ties in mu­sic and among mu­si­cians have in­cited pro­duc­tive con- ster­na­tion.” And here we thought that rock stars just got the chicks.

But what would a rank­ing of the worst cour­ses in Amer­ica be with­out an ode to

But what would a rank­ing of the worst cour­ses in Amer­ica

be with­out an ode to Karl Marx? YAF gives its third slot to

Amherst Col­lege’s “Tak­ing Marx Se­ri­ously: ‘Should Marx

be given an­other chance?’ ” Al­low us to save Amherst

stu­dents a se­mes­ter’s worth of time: No, he shouldn’t. Next.

Karl Marx? YAF gives its third slot to Amherst Col­lege’s “Tak­ing Marx Se­ri­ously: ‘Should Marx be given an­other chance?’ ” Al­low us to save Amherst stu­dents a semes- ter’s worth of time: No, he shouldn’t. Next.

Uh-oh. There seems to be dis­sen­sion in the ranks of the left­ist fac­ul­ties at Oc­ci­den­tal Col­lege — we told you to keep your chil­dren away from this one — and Mount Holyoke Col­lege in Mas­sachusetts. No. 5 on YAF’s list is Oc­ci­den­tal’s “Black­ness,” which dis­sects the in­tel­lec­tual nu­ances of “new black­ness” and “post-black­ness.” At No. 7, how­ever, is Mount Holyoke’s “White­ness: The Other Side of Racism.” Maybe the Oc­ci­den­tal and Mount Holyoke de­part­ments should forge an in­ter­col­le­giate course ti­tled “White­ness: It’s the New Black­ness.”

Se­ri­ously, Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity is go­ing to have to do a lot bet­ter than “Mail Or­der Brides: Un­der­stand­ing the Philip­pines in South­east Asian Con­text” if it wants to be placed higher than ninth on YAF’s list. Some­thing like “Marx­ist Mail Or­der Brides” might just do the trick.

Last, but by no means least, is Swarth­more Col­lege’s “Non­vi­o­lent Re­sponses to Ter­ror­ism.” Be­cause, you know, that sui­cide bomber with a few pounds of plas­tic ex­plo­sives strapped to his chest re­ally just wants a hug.

If you can stom­ach it, check out more of the ab­sur­dity at YAF’s Web site at www.yaf.org.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.