A private Christian college in Missouri is making freshmen take a course aimed at encouraging patriotism.
The College of the Ozarks has unveiled a military science class called "Patriotic Education and Fitness," which combines existing ROTC and physical education courses with a focus on American pride.
The course aims 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.
“Patriotic education is not inherited. It must be taught, it must be modeled, it must be emphasized," College of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis said.
This isn't the first time the school has taken a strong patriotic stance.
In September, the school announced its "no pledge, no play" policy, which states the school’s athletic teams will not compete against other teams whose players or coaches do not stand during the playing of the national anthem.
The move came amid widespread anthem protests in the NFL.
“The College of the Ozarks will not play in games where disrespect is exhibited toward the American flag or national anthem,” Davis said. “Opponents are pledging to meet the College’s expectations for respect of the national anthem and American flag. Otherwise, our college will not participate."
“It’s a shame sporting events are being used to communicate disrespect for this great country. We will not be a part of this.”
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