1908: Colleges teaching that there are no absolute evils

art deco torch sketch1908: The editor of a publication called the Cosmopolitan (not that Cosmopolitan) introduces a series of articles about colleges thus:

This is the first of a series of articles by Mr Bolce, who has now completed a study of American colleges extending over two years. What Mr Bolce sets down here is of the most astounding character. Out of the curricula of American colleges a dynamic movement is upheaving ancient foundations and promising a way for revolutionary thought and life. Those who are not in close touch with the great colleges of the country will be astonished to learn the creeds being fostered by the faculties of our great universities.

In hundreds of class rooms it is being taught daily that the decalogue is no more sacred than a syllabus; that the home as an institution is doomed; that there are no absolute evils;  that immorality is simply an act in contravention of society’s accepted standards;  that democracy is a failure and the Declaration of Independence only spectacular rhetoric;  that the change from one religion to another is like getting a new hat;  that moral precepts are passing shibboleths;  that conceptions of right and wrong are as unstable as styles of dress;  that wide stairways are open between social levels, but that to the climber children are incumbrances; that the sole effect of prolificacy is to fill tiny graves, and that there can be and are holier alliances without the marriage bond than within it. [emphasis mine-DHM]

These are some of the revolutionary and sensational teachings submitted with academic warrant to the minds of hundreds of thousands of students in the United States. It is time that the the public realized what is being taught to the youth of this country. “The social question of today,” said Disraeli, “is only a zephyr which rustles the leaves but will soon become a hurricane. It is a dull ear that cannot hear the mutterings of the coming storm.”

In the 1916 Pastoral Letters, Addresses, and the Other Writtings of the Rt. Rev. James A. McFaul, the author sums up Mr. Bolce’s research efforts:

Mr Bolce refers to such institutions as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the George Washington University, William and Mary College, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Syracuse University, and the University of California, and he says that his information regarding the teachings of these universities has been obtained from attending lectures, from interviews with members of the faculties, and from consulting the typewritten or printed records of what is taught in those institutions.

More of Mr. Bolce’s conclusions on the sad state of teacihng in our nation’s colleges in 1908 tomorrow.

p.s. Actually, it just might be (that Cosmopolitan, which has a very interesting history)

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  1. SEM
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I own a book of Cosmopolitan magazines from the 1800’s. Beautiful pictures (some in full color, although the register isn’t perfect). It features articles about architecture, interior design, high-brow music, etc. Not at all like today’s magazine.

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