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    9/15/2010 3:04:00 PM Posted by Roger Custer

    The Washington ZombiesPost reports that the University of Baltimore now offers a course on the study of zombies in popular culture.  Similar courses exist at Columbia College and other colleges.  The Post reports: 

    Is "Night of the Living Dead" a simple zombie film or a subtle antiwar statement? Precisely when did viral pandemic supplant nuclear radiation as the leading cause of zombification? And which sort of animated dead has the greater potential to frighten: shambler or sprinter?  Those questions and others will be laid to rest -- and then grotesquely revivified -- in a new course at the University of Baltimore called "Media Genres: Zombies."

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    We think students should focus on studying our nation's history and public policy instead of superfluous topics like zombification and popular culture.  The University of Baltimore even offers a minor in popular culture.  We are not sure how that qualifies students to be a more productive member of society.  These days, students can identify all the members of the Simpson family but few can name the Supreme Court justices.  In a recent study of college students, Fox News reports:  

    On an individual level, less than 60% (sometimes far less) of college graduates can identify on a multiple-choice test the three branches of government; seminal passages from the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg Address; basic events from the Revolutionary, Civil, and Vietnam Wars; and the primary features of our free enterprise system. Several of these questions are actually required knowledge for new American citizens, signifying their relevance to what we as a nation demand for informed citizenship. 

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