Private College In Missouri Creates A Mandatory ‘Patriotism’ Class For Incoming Students

Hannah Bleau

I actually really love this idea. And before you get your panties in a wad, realize this is a private Christian college.

College of the Ozarks in Missouri is unveiling a new course called “Patriotic Education and Fitness.” It’s aimed to “educate students on modern military customs, U.S. politics and flag protocol and procedures. It will also teach rifle marksmanship, map reading, land navigation and rope knotting.”

As in, it’s promoting ACTUALLY USEFUL skills. Most people don’t know jack squat about that stuff. We live in a world where students sit in class and analyze vagina art. (Think I’m kidding? My sister is dealing with that right now. Her stories are horrific.)

The college held an event Monday to introduce the new course.


‘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,’ said Terrence Dake, a board of trustees member for the college and retired general with the U.S. Marine Corps.


College President Jerry Davis said he believes ‘understanding the military now is more important than ever because we have 99 per cent of the population being defended by one per cent, 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,” Davis stated. “Patriotic education is not inherited: It must be taught, it must be modeled, and it must be emphasized.”

I love that. It reminds of the Ronald Reagan quote, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

The college announced last month that its athletic teams are required to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner, and they will not compete against other teams whose players don’t stand for the anthem.

Heck yeah.

‘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,’ Davis said.


‘I don’t think it’s a partisan issue. It’s an American issue, how we feel about our country.’

Finally. A college not catering to snowflakes.