Thursday 7 July 2011

Verbal Diarrhoea #5

"We have an emphasis on values. The education features of the Society of Jesus is that we don't force students to accept one set of values but we will introduce values that we think proper to students."
Claims Reverend Stephen Chow, supervisor of Jesuit school Wah Yan College (news story below)

Brainwashing is what he really means. Reverend Chow wants to make young people accept their particular set of values by only teaching and forcing imposing their set of values.

Why can't religious groups just admit to their own bias and narrow point of view?
[The answer I suspect is because they cannot think critically]

Education should be about helping young minds to think critically, logically and wisely. Allow students to learn about ALL sets of values and belief systems and then allow them to decide by themselves.

The forced authoritarian and paternal guidance of religious elders and organised religion is utter brainwashing (and the analogy of the lord as the shepherd tending to his flock of sheep is simply quite alarming and creepy). How unfortunate that those who act like sheep will never appreciate and understand their lives and will simply live out their days bleating in ignorance.

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Jesuits in bid for university at Fanling (SCMP; paywall)
Theology will be core subject if Society of Jesus wins over government to establish institution at Queen's Hill in Fanling, the biggest of six sites on offer
Dennis Chong
Jun 04, 2011

Hong Kong could be set to get its first university in which theology is a compulsory subject. A 470-year-old Catholic Church order, the Society of Jesus, is to bid for one of six sites earmarked by the government for the building of private universities.

If it wins the 16-hectare site in Fanling - a former colonial military camp and the biggest piece of land on offer - the society, which is headquartered in Rome, would make theology a core and compulsory area of study for students. The Jesuits stressed that it would be a university for everyone, regardless of their religion.

Planners for the society, who submitted an expression of interest to the government, are among nine institutions vying for the massive Queen's Hill site.

Reports said earlier that interested parties included Chu Hai College of Higher Education and a number of other unnamed foreign institutions.

Officials are reviewing proposals and have yet to set a time frame for a decision. The tender is expected to becompleted by the end of next year.

Religious studies will be part of a two-year core curriculum, that also includes psychology and philosophy.

"We have an emphasis on values. The education features of the Society of Jesus is that we don't force students to accept one set of values but we will introduce values that we think proper to students,"
the Reverend Stephen Chow, the supervisor of Jesuit school Wah Yan College, who is a also a key planner for the Hong Kong university bid, said.

After papal authorisation in 1540, the Society of Jesus has grown into one of the largest religious orders in the world and has dozens of universities across the globe. Formed by Spanish knight Ignatius of Loyola, the Catholic order entered China in the late 16th century, initiated by a missionary led by St Francis Xavier.

But a Jesuit university has been unheard of in China and Chow said it was the main reason why the society was bidding for the site. "Hong Kong is an internationalised city," he said.

Chow said the university would have three main streams: humanities, social science and science. Subjects such as Chinese history and literature will also be provided but the university may not have a business major.

It plans to enroll 3,000 students initially and provide four years of boarding. Under the government's plan, the Fanling site can accommodate 8,000 students.

Describing it as a liberal arts college, Chow said it would provide students with a new perspective to view world affairs.

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