With their enthusiastic embrace today of social justice sensibilities, many Jesuit universities — from Marquette University in Wisconsin to Seattle University in Washington — are suffering, it seems, from an identity crisis.
Maryland’s Loyola University in Baltimore is the latest to indicate this. In the fall of 2018, Loyola will offer a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction to aspiring K-12 educators — who will then ostensibly pass down social justice initiatives to their own students.
Here’s why: “The curriculum and instruction degree has always been known as the master’s for teachers who want to stay teachers,” Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., associate professor and program director, said on the school’s website. “Our newly designed degree takes instruction to the next level for educators and community leaders — and highlights social justice theories and how to enhance the lives of students and empower marginalized communities.”
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“This 33-credit Master of Arts degree is designed to help students understand the broader field of education, critically analyze it, and consider it as an instrument of positive change,” the school’s website also explained.
LifeZette reached out to professor Flores-Koulish for specific details on the master’s degree offering, but did not hear back by the time of publication.
What Jesuit universities-turned-social-justice warriors fail to consider time and again is the way they’re misusing or exploiting the term social justice.
“To hear the SJWs [social justice warriors] talk, one would think that they invented the concept of social justice and that only the specific brand of social justice they are selling — a big, all-powerful, secular government that takes from the rich and gives to the poor and controls just about everything — will solve all the problems in society and make the world one big Utopia,” noted Gene Van Son in an article for Catholic Stand.
In the piece, “Catholic Social Justice Is Not What the SJWs Are Pitching,” Van Son pointed out that both the term and the concept of social justice actually were developed by a Catholic priest.
Priest and scholar Fr. Luigi Taparelli d’Azeglio is credited with first using the term social justice in a voluminous treatise called “A Theoretical Treatise on Natural Law Resting on Fact,” written sometime around 1850.
His treatise was in response to a changing world stemming from the Industrial Revolution and its resulting socio-economic changes, according to Van Son. In essence, he was trying to create a more just society.
His version of social justice claims that while we’re all made in the image and likeness of God, and every person has dignity and is owed respect, we must also realize we’re not all equal in terms of the skills, intelligence, physical traits, motivation, and character, among other qualities, that we possess.
In any society, both equality (as in equal rights) and inequality (as in abilities) will always exist side by side, noted Van Son.
But the priest’s version of social justice stands in sharp contrast to what secular progressives are peddling today. And key to this is that they’ve removed God from the public square and replaced Him with an all-powerful government.
“To progressives, the world is a fallen place — beset by racism, sexism, homophobia, and the rest — that must be transformed and made right,” noted “Big Agenda” author David Horowitz of the mindset. “This redemption was once called communism and is now called socialism, or ‘social justice.'”
Now, at Loyola, “the program is an exciting reflection of the work the … School of Education has done toward its Jesuit mission to prepare engaged educators who can bring about fundamental change by improving education for all children, especially those who suffer most from systemic inequities,” said Flores-Koulish on the Loyola website.
More Jesuit colleges seem to be aligning themselves with today’s doctrine of progressive secularism — which is concerning, at the least, for the scores of children their graduates eventually will be influencing.
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Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.