Thursday, 22 February 2018

Decolonising The Curriculum, Indeed

Is the dear old University of Durham on strike? If so, then that must be quite a disruption to its routine, that no one is doing any work. But seriously, insofar as that was not serious, would you accept this kind of cut to your pension? Well, there you are, then.

David Aaronovitch was on the Today programme this morning, talking about decolonising the curriculum. His remarkable father's only ever paper qualification of any kind was a DPhil from Balliol; Christopher Hill let him in as one Communist Party stalwart to another, but he really did pass once he got there.

And just as I have revived the DLindsay, which has existed in the past, since becoming Master of UCL, University College Lanchester, so Aaronovitch ought to take to awarding the DAaronovitch to such persons as made a significant contribution to the advancement of his own position.

The plan is formulating in my mind for some kind of qualification, to be awarded to those whose essays in Philosophy, Economics, Domestic Policy and Foreign Policy were passed in each case by two scholars, one from the Left and one from the Right, who were opposed to neoliberal economic policy and to neoconservative foreign policy. Watch this space.

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