Phi Beta Cons

Why Do I Have to Listen to This Mozart?

Heather Mac Donald has a wonderful piece in last Friday’s Wall Street Journal, on the wrecking of the humanities. Her focus is on UCLA, but this is a national problem. My title alludes to a comment by a Columbia student who thought herself put upon because a required course included music by Mozart and other dead white male composers. Too bad her mind has been so poisoned that she can’t enjoy music without first thinking about the characteristics of the individuals who wrote it.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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