There are some required courses out there that should not be required in order for one to graduate. At SMU, I had to take two “cultural formations” classes. Apparently, learning about values, traditions, and institutions that constitute cultures is quintessential to earning a degree in Financial Economics. However, there are some core classes that should be required. U.S. History is one of those courses (and if you ask me, some personal finance class should be necessary, too).
Sacramento State is introducing a new alternative anthropology course that will fulfill their history requirement. However, it seems like they are ignoring just about every major event in the history of the United States. According to The College Fix, the course will instead be based around “the intersection of race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality; the political economy of institutions and ideas, such as racism, classism, sexual stereotyping, family, religion, state, color blindness, multiculturalism, etc.; and, discourses of cultural diversity in the U.S.”
What are some of the of the events that this “history” course is leaving out? One Sacramento State history professor wrote an opinion piece that listed some of the things students will not learn about.
From Sacramento Bee:
The new introductory “history” course leaves out, among other things, the Progressive Era, World War I, women’s suffrage, the Great Depression, FDR, the New Deal, World War II, McCarthyism, the Cold War, the Korean War, the nuclear arms race, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the JFK assassination, Freedom Summer, the United Farm Workers Union, the Vietnam War, Stonewall, Watergate, Second Wave Feminism, the Iranian hostage crisis, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, globalization, the 9/11 attacks, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Sure, anthropology is basically the history of humans, but back in my day, it was cool to learn about the World Wars and see how those events impacted our society and where we are today. If you take this class instead of real U.S. History, then know that I hate your stupid guts..
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