Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bannings Classes

I know I have been posting a lot lately, so if you are sick of hearing from me, I'm sorry. [I have been using blogging as a coping mechanism, I think.] Anyways, aside from that, I am truly outraged at some news that I just read on feministing. I was saddened to hear that Georgia republicans want to ban the liberal arts. I don't want to copy the whole blog entry, but you have to read this quoted part:

"This is not considered higher education," [State Rep. Charlice] Byrd said. "If legislators are going to dole out the dollars, we should have a say-so in where they go."

Byrd and her supporters, including state Rep. Calvin Hill, R-Canton, said they will team with the Christian Coalition and other religious groups to pressure fellow lawmakers and the University System Board of Regents to eliminate the jobs.

"Our job is to educate our people in sciences, business, math," said Hill, a vice chairman of the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee. He said professors aren't going to meet those needs "by teaching a class in queer theory."

To see the whole post, click here.

It's bad enough that people are losing jobs across the nation, but now Republicans want to eliminated entire academic fields in college classrooms. Disgusting! What does this mean for people who don't "business, math, and sciences"? Are our subject no less valuable? Maybe we need subjects like history and English because they teach acceptance and difference.



Laminated Fragments said...

So the title should have been "Banning" not "Bannings." Sorry for the typo.

Also, for follow-up check out Jessica's @ feministing post about Women Studies programs.

saragraph said...

that is such bullshit! the involvement of the christian coalition (and other "religious groups"--wow, i bet they're all christians!) and the reference to queer theory signals that this move is all about sexuality. keep your conservative agenda out of my schools!

i heard a comedian talking about how political figures make sodomy laws so they can keep their sex lives hot--meaning that they all secretly dig whatever is banned. well, clearly these georgia republicans are mad because they want to study the arts and humanities and get down with some same sex, polyamory, fetish-heavy getting off. and i'm for that! let's just PRETEND it's all banned... it'll be our little fantasy, reps. hill and byrd... "oh baby, tell me about body theory and make me beg for it! i've been a good pony!"

LT said...

I particularly like the phrase "queer theory". Classy Calvin Hill, Classy.
You gotta love intolerance.