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"The class is varied in the topics but one thing we talked about was the moon landing being a hoax, we had to write a paper explaining why it was, or wasn't a hoax". She also stated that the class does mention 'The Illuminati', but "most of the kids only relate it to pop culture", and that the class seems to focus on it in that context. She said, "like Jay-Z and Rihanna being members of the Illuminati."
The name of the course is "Conspiracy Theories" and it is an elective open to juniors and seniors. It seems that the point of the course is to examine the history/reasons why the conspiracy's (sic) exist and the evidence on the sides of each debate. They cover various types of conspiracy's, the one's that I know of center around pop-culture like "Paul is Dead" and the "27 Club" and they do some on pharmaceutical vs holistic medicine.
Considers the "paranoid style" in America's political and popular culture and in recent American literature. Topics include allegations of "conspiracy" in connection with the Sacco and Vanzetti, Hiss, and Rosenberg cases; antisemitism and anti-Catholicism; and Watergate and Irangate. Usually offered every second year. - Mr. Cohen.
Any course that gets kids to think and question the status quo is a win in my book.
Hey, what a great concept! I especially like this if they do weigh both sides of something like the Moon Hoax question equally and with total seriousness in both directions. That way, even the kids assigned the side they don't agree with can learn how to understand the logic of a totally opposing view. Talk about a lost art in society today.
Hmm.. I wonder... I ought to pitch a course idea to my school and volunteer to be the adjunct to teach it.
...well, maybe after I have my own degree of course ..but that is a really novel and timely approach if it's done well!
IMHO, this curriculum (without the benefit of being able to audit it personally, but rather simply from what I've read about it) has an agenda, which is to undermine anyone who does not accept the "official story" in the guise of being a class to learn about these topics in an un-biased spotlight.