I have long noted that institutions that practice academic incest and inbreeding do their students the greatest disservice. Not only does it allow for a sense of anti-intellectualism and closed mindedness, but it also stunts an institution’s growth. Schools that continue to hire only those that attended its institution or have some type of close tie cannot fully offer a true education to its community; I have found this to be the case among a number of baptist and church of Christ schools — secondary and college. Furthermore, one must wonder whether or not such institutions have any desire to become a top tier school. I must say I have become weary of religious schools that ask applicants questions in ways I deem quasi discriminatory. For example, there is a school in the Nashville area that asks the following questions on its application:
- Have you traveled abroad?
- Do you consume alcohol or smoke?
- If you are single, please list the name of the last person you had a close relationship with?
- Are you divorced?
There is no way I would be a part of any institution that asked the above questions. Furthermore, I have stated before that I will never have anything to do with institutions that believe one must be of the same religious sect or attend that school’s “church” in order to obtain employment. I love the religious diversity HCHS offers.
Below, read the employment statement found on Bob Jones University’s employment page. Pretty scary.