The student body of?Stanford University has rejected efforts produced by a student group to revive a Western Civilization class requirement, with is a result of the vote showing under 15% support — or less than 1 in 6.
The student group Stanford Review first made the push for the ballot initiative. ?If approved, all freshmen at the school could have been required to complete a course stretching over two quarters covering \”the politics, history, philosophy, and culture from the Western world.\” ?An identical requirement was once?implemented through the school, however it was offer an end in the 1980′s following a student campaign accused it to be racist and sexist, in addition to perpetuating a \”European-Western and male bias.” Western Civilization courses haven\’t been included on the school’s curriculum ever since then.
The group argued the courses are necessary to better comprehend the current campus culture at places including the University of Missouri and Yale University, where protests against racial oppression have recently taken place, reports Anthony Gockowski for Campus Reform.
\”The West\’s history of colonization and racial oppression can also be essential to understanding why the events at Yale and Mizzou arose to begin with,\” writers from the petition said. \”Although Western history has stories of repression, so do the histories of each and every global civilization. And Western values of freedom of expression, rationalism, and individual liberty fueled the intellectual destruction of colonialism in Western along with other societies.\”
In total, 370 students?signed the petition in support of the requirement, reaching the number needed in order to include it as a ballot measure for that spring student government election at the school.
However, the proposal failed by a landslide, with only 342 votes for and?1,992 votes against it, reports Blake Neff for The Daily Caller.
Students who signed the petition were harassed and were told that their names were being assembled in case they ever decided to run for political office. ?The petition was temporarily suspended through the campus elections commissioner after a number of accusations were noted.
Many Stanford communities have stood from the proposal in a variety of ways. One person in a low-income advocacy group in the school was suspended after word reached the group that he had written an anonymous piece meant for the proposal. Meanwhile, an article written in The Stanford Daily suggested that the proposal acceptance means “centering Stanford education on upholding white supremacy, capitalism and colonialism, and all other oppressive systems that flow from Western civilizations.”
Meanwhile, over 90% of the student body voted in support of an initiative that would require the school to implement a new campus climate survey in order to determine the rate of sexual assault on campus. ?Even though the school already put out a similar survey in 2015, activists were outraged to learn that the sexual assault rate was discovered to be 1.9%, which they felt was much too low and did not represent the seriousness of the problem around the Stanford campus.