Letter to The Editor - There has developed an imbalance within universities favouring hostile analysis of our tradition
To The Australian University courses in the history of Western European civilization and culture, as proposed by the Ramsay Centre, certainly deserve to be included in our tertiary institutions' programmes, both because the core material is fundamentally sound and because there has developed an imbalance within universities favouring hostile analysis of our tradition and its gifts ('Embrace rich Western heritage', 24/5). However, these proposed new courses must ensure that that hostile analysis itself is fairly examined and, where correct, admitted to be so. The cultural richness of other sacred traditions and their civilisations should also be appropriately acknowledged in the new syllabi. What is to be avoided is the replacing of one ideologically driven propaganda drive with another.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic