I have a little ritual of browsing the university bookstore at the beginning of each semester to see if I find anything interesting in the required readings. I have sadly decided that this will be my last semester doing this; it’s gotten too depressing.
The first thing I notice this spring is how few required textbooks there are. I don’t know if students are doing less reading than before (standards are plummeting everywhere), or if it’s just that more reading is being done online via services like Perusall. I myself find astronomy textbooks so horribly written that I’ve decided I might as well save the students money and let them read whatever dreck is on Perusall. There are subjects, though, where one must go to the primary sources: literature, philosophy, history. These too are sparser than they used to be, but there are still enough books to paint a clear and dismal picture.
Browsing the English books, which–a tiny blessing–are still mostly fiction and only minority theory, I was dismayed to find that ABSOLUTELY NONE of them were what one would ordinarily regard as being among the classics. Indeed, as far as I noticed, NONE of the books were written before the mid-twentieth century. Of course, there was plenty of race-and-sexuality bilge, but the most striking lack of diversity was chronological. In fairness, I saw that there was one class in the “Humanities” department that had students read The Trial of Socrates (the least interesting thing Plato wrote) and Oedipus Rex.
Wokeness has almost completely conquered and replaced history. It’s all race-and-sexuality demonology, with the exception (that I saw) of a generic American history text and a course on ancient warfare (which included a biography of Alexander the Great and a book on the Roman legions).
Unless these students are reading real literature and real history on their own, WSU is now turning out complete barbarians who have been totally deprived of their heritage.
No, I will not go back there again.