The GB News presenter said classes ‘fail’ if they don’t teach literature that ‘shocks you or confronts you with thought-provoking ideas’.
GB News presenter Neil Oliver slammed universities’ attempts to decolonise the curriculum in an interview with Colin Brazier, saying “if this isn’t the dumbest idea academia has ever had, I’d say it’s definitely the best.”
The archaeologist reacted to the University of Stirling by announcing that it would ‘decolonise the programme’ and replace Jane Austen with award-winning writer Toni Morrison.
The University of Stirling’s English Literature program has updated the curriculum to “contribute to increased diversity”.
Neil Oliver criticized the decision on whether it is dangerous to cancel the uncomfortable history of university programs.
The Scottish TV presenter said: “It’s all part of a bigger picture in which everything about being British, British culture and heritage, our history and the history of the empire are always portrayed as negative.”
Mr Oliver warned: “It reaches its tentacles in academia.
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“This whole idea of decolonizing the curriculum, if it’s not the dumbest idea academia has ever had, I’d say it’s definitely the best.”
Colin Brazier referenced trigger warnings added to books such as Charles Dickens’ 1984 and Oliver Twist.
Mr Oliver said: ‘There are trigger warnings where students of English Literature are warned that depending on what they read they may encounter ‘colonial violence’.”
“If some of the world’s literature doesn’t shock you or confront you with challenging ideas or bring you closer to ideas you’ve never had or don’t agree with, then I fear that the course is insufficient.”
The history book author reflected on the University of Stirling’s decision: “Why would you eliminate such an influential figure as Jane Austen? Why don’t you bring in more characters for Austen to be read to alongside Toni Morrison? Surely that broadens the image.”