Toward Colleges That Are More than Indoctrination Hubs


Recent events at Providence College came to mind when I read this paragraph from a Rod Dreher post:

By the way, it’s not simply a matter of ideologically capturing areas of scholarship. The SJWs are now marching through student affairs offices. Patricia Daugherty writes at The Federalist about the annual convention of ACPA, the American College Personnel Association: College Student Educators International. This is the professional organization for campus administrators who oversee student life. She recently retired from a long career in the field, and says she always looked forward to going to this convention. Times. Have. Changed.

During recent controversy at (Roman Catholic) Providence College, involving an RA who came under attack for putting up a bulletin board promoting the Catholic teachings on marriage, hostility to the Church’s teachings found succor with Vice President for Student Affairs Kristine Cyr Goodwin.  The student affairs administrator clearly leaned toward the side of criticizing the RA and supporting those who’d reacted aggressively toward him.  At an event endorsing alternative lifestyles, she initiated a “we’re queer, we’re here” chant, as audible on a recording reviewed by The Current.


Thus, the overall impression of the controversy was of some professors and representatives of the Church (including the bishop) taking the RA’s side, administrators taking the other side, and the college president attempting to find the middle ground.  Objectively, in this situation, the administrators are radicalizing the school, which most students probably do not attend in order to be radicalized.

As that dynamic becomes increasingly pervasive, it changes the nature of higher education.  Colleges should be more than simply white collar trade schools, but they should also be more than hubs for the indoctrination of young adults.

  • Melissa

    There are hundreds of students at PC who turn out week after week for Mass at the beautiful chapel. They are intelligent people, capable of discerning, with their God given sensibilities, right from wrong. They are not easily indoctrinated. Most know the left from the right and the RADICAL LEFT from the RADICAL RIGHT. Most are middle of the road kind of thinkers who do not aspire to sit radically on either side. Your “news” outlet is definitely radically right and unbalanced. No wonder you are still working a story that died two weeks ago.

    • Mike678

      What is radical left/right is often in the eye of the beholder. From you description of this site, I’d out you hard left whereas you’d probably consider yourself in the middle.

      • Melissa

        I agree with everything you say except your characterization of me. Not that it is really any of your business but I firmly believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I am profile. I attend Mass daily. My 8 children all attend Catholic schools. I am far more right than you think. Despite my leanings, there is one thing I cannot stand and will never defend and that is a bratty kid and this kid is a brat. His cause is not just because it starts from a bad point. There is no justification for what he is trying to do to cause harm to a perfectly fine Catholic school that many people who are good Catholics think highly of.

        • Mike678

          Frankly, I don’t care how people self-identify for the reasons already stated. What I prefer is a rational argument rather than the opinions many state as if they are fact. One need only view the comments on any blog, to include this one, to see evidence of poor reasoning, intellectual laziness, attempts to silence positions counter to a person’s preference and so forth. We are all fallible, but some make a habit of it. :)

          If the “brat” doesn’t have a good argument, how can he harm the Church? Why not let him state his case, then prove him wrong? Too many prefer to stifle discourse because they don’t like hearing what someone is saying because they have no counter argument. In effect, they prefer to believe something else, but have no rational argument to support their belief. The search for truth requires discourse, no matter how uncomfortable.

          Best of luck with your children–8 sounds like quite a handful! My six also attended Catholic schools for the most part, but once in a while my travels required them to attend other denomination schools. We found the Baptist services interesting!