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Western Civilization isn’t dead yet

“Hey hey, ho ho! Western culture’s got to go!” In 1988, protestors at Stanford University captured national attention as they demanded the dismantling of the school’s Western Culture requirement. Newspapers lamented the change, declaring “Stanford Puts an End to Western Civilization” while President Reagan’s Secretary of Education debated Stanford’s president on national television. Ultimately, Stanford dropped Plato, Augustine…

Revisiting the goals of education

In response to The Stanford Review’s recent petition to implement a two-quarter required course on Western Civilization instead of the current Thinking Matters requirement, I feel compelled to open up discussion on the importance of diversity in perspective. Before we can talk about Stanford’s educational system, we should first define its goals. Following the University’s…