South Carolina law requires that all universities include in their curriculum the provisions and principles of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Federalist Papers, as well as “the study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals.” But the University of South Carolina (USC) doesn’t conquer. South Carolina legislature has been putting pressure on the University to adhere to this law, and in response, the student editorial board published a story in USC’s publication The Daily Gamecock which asserted that, “while knowledge of our country’s founding documents is undoubtedly a good thing to have . . . most students don’t need it.” The article went on to say:
“If the state is going to require that something be done, it’s only fair that they give us the funding for it. Telling USC that we have to add on another class, with all the including expenses, without giving us any money to do so is like telling someone who never learned how to swim that they have to cross Lake Murray or face retribution. It’s borderline ridiculous to make something required by law and not provide the funds to do so, thereby forcing us to drain our own resources.”
The fact of the matter is, the state provides ample funding to support the curriculum for these studies. In one specific case, South Carolina legislators got wind that a school was holding mandatory pro-LGBT readings. They quickly cut the funding for that little gem and reallocated it for curriculum in line with the state’s law. The same thing is likely to happen to USC. They have the funds, they’re just being used for other things.
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Still, the student editorial board thinks that this mandatory curriculum is bad for a number of other bogus reasons. They claim, “students who are pursuing a field outside political science or journalism won’t necessarily need to know about these documents to the extent that the class would be aiming to teach them”, and that the class “could hurt a student’s GPA when it isn’t even that central to their degree.”
Every American who is afforded our freedoms and liberties should have particular knowledge of our founding documents, especially if they are a college graduate. When we get mentally lazy as a society and disregard these things, the freedoms and liberties which we hold so dear start to slip away.
Perhaps USC believes that since Obama completely ignores our Constitution, today’s college students can do so as well. Would you send your impressionable young daughter or son to a school where you knew there was no reverence whatsoever for our country’s founding documents? Let us know in the comments section!
H/T: Campus Reform