Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Now that's Class

I guess I am glad I am not starting my collage career after reading this.
At Occidental College in Los Angeles, a mandatory course for some freshmen is "The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie." It's a course where professor Elizabeth J. Chin explores ways in "which scientific racism has been put to use in the making of Barbie [and] to an interpretation of the film 'The Matrix' as a Marxist critique of capitalism."
Huh? Here, I have a new class. Maybe I should float this... Soc 4987 Pooh and the Sociological Ramifications of His Rampant Homosexuality with Piglet.

Or Phil 5867 Charlie Brown and the Economic Impact of Gender Role Reversal with Lucy.

What is wrong with colleges today? Are the leaders, the professors who come up with this crap, and/or the administrators who allow them to get away with it be academically dishonest by foisting this falderal on unsuspecting students (and the parents who foot the bill)? Or are they earnestly this stupid thinking this kind of garbage really passes the intellectual smell test?