Making patriotism mandatory? Tell us what you think about this college’s idea.

We are following with interest a story by Fox News regarding the College of the Ozarks and its new mandatory patriotic education program. The course will include some tasks that would typically be familiar to those who have been in a JROTC or ROTC program, such as climbing ropes, land navigation, and rifle marksmanship.

College of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis says the Patriotic Education and Fitness course is an ‘an opportunity for young people to know more about the place of military in our democracy and also places the military in a favorable view.’ (College of … Read more at source…

As exceptional as the program may appear in the modern era, we would point out to our readership that after the signing of the Morrill Act in 1862, military training was required of young men at many publicly supported U.S. universities. This continued for decades at some schools, and was considered a fundamental part of the young mens’ education, even for those with no plan whatsoever to enter into active military service.

We are interested to see how the College’s program will do — let us know what you think.

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