Global Governance, Eurasia
“Australian schools and universities are good at teaching students to master the disciplinary expertise of their chosen subject areas—they are less good at tolerating the independence of mind that people develop by thinking for themselves.”
Australian universities have rebuffed Australia’s former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation for wanting to endow programs that are actively pro-Western civilization. Yet, America’s top schools and universities have been doing that for one-hundred years.
Universities don’t often turn down money. But the Australian National University recently rejected a multimillion-dollar offer from the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation to fund Western Civilization course that would be “not merely about Western civilisation but in favour of it, in the words of Ramsay board member and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Other Australian universities have reportedly also turned down the money. Abbott’s positive spin is controversial on Australian university campuses and has even been called racist by some. Western Civilization courses have also sometimes been controversial in the United States. But, that may be because critics don’t know much about their history.