I was surprised at FIU’s former President Mitch Maidique’s statement in the April17 story Quietly, FIU resumes study trips to Cuba.
His opinion is that academic trips to Cuba are little more than junkets, saying they are “an attempt to indoctrinate through propaganda the visitor, and that is the main objective. What they will learn about education, only God knows.”
Does Maidique have so little faith in the intellectual preparation of FIU’s students that he believes that they are mere lambs to an ideological slaughter? Does he not realize that in Cuba, as in the rest of the world, Marxism is a spent ideology?
Doesn’t this mean that any American student with a solid foundation in democratic principles will surely be up to evaluating what is being said in Cuba? Both sides should benefit from such encounters. They should be encouraged.
Anthony P. Maingot, Plantation