A number of left-wing college leaders in South Dakota insist that history and civics classes have no value in higher education today.
The college leaders spoke up after members of the South Dakota House of Representatives proposed that history and civics be added to state college requirements for graduation.
“HB 1087, co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Sue Peterson, would make substantial changes to how colleges deal with free speech issues. The bill passed the House Education Committee by a 9-6 vote,” Campus Reform reported.
Under the bill, college students would have to pass a citizenship test and take a history course to be able to graduate from a state-funded school.
Another provision of the bill would eliminate the absurd “free speech zones” so many left-wing college administrations have imposed on students.
The bill also would prevent schools from punishing people over their political or religious ideals.
But liberal college leaders in the state oppose the new rules.
The opposition pose several lame reasons to dump the bill:
However, Nathan Lukkes, general counsel for the Board of Regents, has concerns about the proposed policy making all outdoor space a public forum, claiming that there could be times where education may be disrupted by a large protest, according to the Argus Leader.
The President of the South Dakota State University Student Association said that she worries the bill will increase the cost of her education. The presidents of the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University oppose the proposal for similar reasons, the Argus Leader reported.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jay Perry, attacked the requirements by demeaning them as “remedial coursework.”
Um, it can’t be “remedial” since NONE of these kids are being taught any of this stuff in lower grades, Mr. Perry. This is why the requirements are needed in college!
What we have here is a group of college leaders desperate to keep Americanism OUT of college.
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