Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A QUESTION OF DEGREE (II)



A race no one can win






Yesterday’s jottings on education are turning into a disquisition, and we haven’t even got the little ones out of primary school yet. A couple more considerations linked to our table of liberal arts, the marriage of the classical quadrivium and trivium

Firstly, music. Children, of course, have almost constant access to music now, and I imagine state schools no longer have music hours as we did. The mindless trash that children now gorge on actually suits cultural Marxists perfectly. It is something they do not need to attempt to influence on the principle of the old engineering saying; If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There is a later humorous variation to that phrase that actually applies perfectly to the cultural Marxists and, by extension, technocratic politician; If it ain’t broke, fix it ‘till it is.

I am not suggesting that 11-year-olds sit around listening to Bach and Bocherini all day. At 11, I was listening to T Rex and David Bowie. But kids should be encouraged to play instruments – real instruments - and to listen to a range of music. Of course, our friends at the politburo will have already arranged the expunging of music by dead white males from the curriculum. Dead white males now include, of course, Marc Bolan and David Bowie.

Next, this sporting life. Now, I appreciate that some kids must have loathed sports at school, but the combination of exercise and competitiveness is essential, and that is another reason the elites will have their people disrupt the possibility of sport. I had a moderately successful sporting childhood, excelling at football – soccer – and rugby union. I was fitter as a 16-year-old than at any other point in my life, and winning meant everything.

Of course, we all know that we are now in the age where all must have prizes, and the notion of winners and losers no longer applies to schoolchildren. Another subtle move to disjoint children from the reality that lies in their future, and ensuring that there will be yet another factor the state will have to do for them when they get older and realise the world is a rough, tough place where you can and will win or lose.

So, let us move our little sprogs on to ‘uni’. The old disciplines are withering on the vine, victims of ideological purges, witch-hunts for racism, sexism, colonialism, transphobia, Islamophobia. There will be another one along in a minute.

I wrote about the cleansing of the ‘too white’ syllabus in the USA two years ago here in the New English Review. There has been no sign of any let-up since. Of course, one thing you have to remember is that, for example, philosophy is rather difficult. It’s hard to understand. You have to work at it before it clicks. That doesn’t really suit the modern student.

How much easier to read Queer Studies, or Black Studies, or Women’s Studies, or Beyoncé’s Lyrics Studies, or whatever faddish crap is on the menu this week. And you still get your degree!

You don’t, however, get to think. And that is both shameful and a shame.

The Left run education. This means that education, in any meaningful sense, is over. The future beckons darkly for a people whose majority are stupid.

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