Who’s better suited to teach about American institutions and ideals: cultural anthropologists or historians of U.S. history? That question is at the heart of a debate about a general education requirement at Sacramento State University that’s riled historians there.Cultural diversity doesn't have to be a bad class, but one commenter on the article captured the essence:
“This has just been a travesty,” said Joseph A. Palermo, a professor of history who opposes the university’s recent decision to allow an anthropology course on cultural diversity in the U.S. to fulfill a state requirement that students complete "comprehensive study" in American history, institutions and ideals, including those relating to the Constitution. The longstanding mandate for all California State University System students has been most commonly fulfilled by two courses in U.S. history and government, and at Sacramento State a survey history course covering 1877 to the present is especially popular. Of the new anthropology alternative, Palermo continued, “This is not a history course -- it’s deficient on all levels.”
I agree with the historians; students need more history, not more victim's studies.