To date, MFYE has been designed to indoctrinate students in such au courrant topics as cultural diversity and health as well as lessons in social awareness. The Motley Monk calls the program the “First-Year Indoctrination” (FYI) because of the political ideology that serves as its inspiration.
In its newest iteration, out is the mandatory physical education class. Its replacement? According to the College Fix, a new class: gender theory and feminism. Course goals include:
- fostering a spirit of inclusiveness on campus, and
- helping students develop a deeper understanding of the complex interactions of gender, sexual orientation, and class as well as ethnicity and race.
Concerning this new requirment, UND’s VP for Student Affairs, Erin Hoffman Harding, wrote in rather glowing terms:
Our Division is delighted that this new requirement will provide first-year students with information and perspectives designed to help them grow as individuals, foster a healthy and inclusive community and make the most out of their Notre Dame education.
- Keenan White: “Instead of making Moreau worth our time, it seems that it was rather arbitrarily thrown together, maybe without giving much regard at all to the content we are supposed to be studying.”
- Chris Heffner: “The readings can be poorly chosen. They haven’t really explained the purpose or objective of the class yet."
- David Carmack: “It’s only supposed to be an hour a week of homework, but really it’s a lot more than that because you have to read a lot, watch videos, and write thoughtful responses.
- Jason Zinn: “[T]he way that it’s delivered in class leaves students feeling like they’re wasting time with a class that’s not interesting or necessary when they have a more busy class schedule.”
Insofar as The Motley Monk is concerned, none of those complaints are “on point” because here’s what’s truly hypocritical about this blatant effort to evangelize UND students: The ideologues who are pushing this agenda themselves forcibly deny any attempt to require UND’s students to take required courses concerning, for example, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which has much to offer UND students concerning the topic of gender theory. That, they assert, would be “indoctrination” and a violation of “academic freedom” that serves as the animating soul of any authentic university.
No argument on this point from The Motley Monk. Academic freedom is involable as long as the object sought is truth and all points of view are considered, evaluated, and judged objectively based entirely upon the merits of the evidence presented.
In the nation’s Catholic universities and colleges, this “new evangelization” through so-called FYI “experiences” has only served for decades to stifle and retard the Catholic identity of those institutions. The result is that these and other tenured ideologues today feel entirely justified to demand that students to pay tuition so they will take courses about theories that promote confusion rather than pursue the truth. All the while, these ideologues claim falsely that their required courses advance the institution’s Catholic identity.
The irony in all of this is how these ideologues have been actively evangelizing students for decades but steadfastly will not allow students to have choice in the matter. After all, even if these ideologues are pro-choice politically, they aren’t educationally. Nor are they stupid. They know that if students were allowed choice in the matter, those required courses wouldn’t run and these ideologues would soon have to justify themselves, their research agenda, and ultimately, their salaries.
Let the discussion begin...
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