Missouri Christian college will have mandatory class on patriotism

A private Christian college in Missouri is bucking the nationwide trend by making a class on patriotism mandatory for all incoming freshmen.

College of the Ozarks is an evangelical Christian liberal-arts college overlooking Lake Taneycomo in Point Lookout, Missouri, 40 miles south of Springfield. Founded in 1906, the college is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. With an endowment of $427.27 million in 2015, the college has an enrollment of 1,433, a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 16:1, over 30 academic majors, and degrees in Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

College of the Ozarks has been included among U.S. News & World Report‘s  “Best Colleges” every year since 1989, and is ranked 29 among Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s (Midwest) for 2007.

The college charges no tuition for full-time students, made possible by donations and its student work program whereby students are required to work 15 hours a week at an on-campus work station and two 40-hour work weeks during breaks. A summer work program is also available to cover room and board costs. Believing that hard work builds character, College of the Ozarks’ motto is “Hard Work U”.

The AP reports (via Yahoo! News) that the College of the Ozarks is now requiring all freshmen to take a class aimed at encouraging patriotism — a military science class called Patriotic Education and Fitness, aimed at teaching students about U.S. politics, flag protocol and procedures, modern military customs, rifle marksmanship, map reading, land navigation and rope knotting.

Freshman Talan Saylor said the required class also builds camaraderie among students: “We all go through kind of the same thing, so going through a patriotic class where we are learning about our country and fostering a love for that country together is really special.”

At an event on October 24 to introduce the new course, retired Marine Corps General Terrence Dake, a member of the college’s board of trustees, said: “I really think that if you give a person the tools of an education, the patriotic yearnings inside of themselves and the leadership tools that can be taught — they will be leaders.”

College President Jerry Davis said he believes “understanding the military now is more important than ever because we have 99% of the population being defended by 1% who are in uniform. We should be more intentional about patriotic education, and from our point of view that needs to occur from kindergarten all the way through college.”

The move comes amid a backdrop of NFL athletes protesting alleged racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem. The college announced last month that its teams won’t compete against other teams whose players don’t stand for the national anthem because, in President Davis’ words:

“We want to make it clear that we are not going to participate in a game where we think disrespect for the national anthem or the flag is being displayed. I don’t think it’s a partisan issue. It’s an American issue, how we feel about our country.”

A reader named George on Yahoo! News wrote this comment about College of Ozarks’ mandatory course:

“It’s a private college. It’s entitled to any stupidity it wishes.”

In order words, for the Left, patriotism — love of country — is stupid, which means that the Left’s allegiance is not to the United States of America. One wonders then to what allegiance they give — to their own selves or race or class or gender (or no gender) or sexual orientation or . . . ?


12 responses to “Missouri Christian college will have mandatory class on patriotism

  1. Will blessed wonders never cease. God is good! Amen to this

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  2. Good for them! It sounds like a Boy Scouts course for older teens (minus the new faggy Boy Scout leaders). 🙂


    “One wonders then to what allegiance they give — to their own selves or race or class or gender (or no gender) or sexual orientation or . . . ?”

    I don’t think they really know. Their “leaders/teachers” ripped all normal affinities out of them, leaving them with a huge void which they fill with ANTI-ANYTHING/EVERYTHING-“Normal”! So their “allegiance” is to simply be an ANTI (PITA) re whatever the majority feels is Normal. We could call it “Reversed Humanity Syndrome.” 🙂

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  3. They ought to put the course online. It would be interesting to review the course’s content.

    Just took a look at their web page and IMO the bigger story is how they will not compete with kneeler teams.

    Obviously a training camp for white supremacists.
    Obviously a training camp for Right Wing Extremists.
    Where do they REALLY get their money?

    Wait….SPLC is on the line and is threatening to sue.
    Wait…the DOE is on the phone threatening to sue.

    President Trump must be behind this!!!

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  4. it’s a shame adults need to be taught patriotism…they should’ve learned about patriotism as well as other things (responsibility, respect, etc.) from childhood…
    but, then again, hatred of patriotism and love of govt is the goal of common (communism) core

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  5. I would say this school seems to be the “voice of reason” in the darkness of today’s world. Good for them. It certainly puts to shame today’s schools, where students did not learn “patriotism” as a basic premise of being a good citizen. Our schools are a hotbed of Progressive ideals aimed at tearing down our Democracy.

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  7. “A reader named George on Yahoo! News wrote this comment about College of Ozarks’ mandatory course:

    “It’s a private college. It’s entitled to any stupidity it wishes.”

    I know a “George” that sounds like that……

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  8. What a refreshing thing to hear. Let us pray that this catches on and not reverted back to the old ways.

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  9. George is also ‘entitled to any stupidity he wishes’

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  10. That this college had existed when I was a young man. But alas, God had a different path mapped out for me. One I gratefully trod, but different. I have often said that once I learned to read, school had little left to teach me, except how to play music and sports. Being born in 1960, patriotism was pretty much just gained by osmosis, simply by watching the news and the Vietnam war. If it would have been going on when I came of age, I probably would have enlisted. I was that much of a patriot then. I still am now, but my faith is in not the government, but the nation and her people.


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