Although I have never been to Reed College, decades ago I attended another formerly excellent liberal arts school, Antioch College (“After protests, Oregon college revises curriculum to include more diverse texts,” Web, Feb. 6). The truly outstanding liberal arts education I received at Antioch — including a course on critical thinking — leads to this letter.
What needs to be faced squarely in the case of Reed in particular and higher education in general is a political/ideological war waged by Democrats to rewrite history in the service of their political base. Their goal: Excising Western civilization (that is, white, male, European civilization) and its contributions from higher education and everywhere else.
Should those who believe in the values and contributions of Western civilization not wish to suffer the fate of George Armstrong Custer, today would be a good day to stand up and demand the return of the teaching of traditional Western civilization to the Reed College core curriculum.
GORDON E. FINLEY
Professor of psychology emeritus
Florida International University