They Turn Left While in College

By:  John F. McManus
02/27/2012
       
They Turn Left While in College

When the World War II ended in 1945, only five percent of adult Americans were college graduates. Many returning veterans took advantage of the GI Bill of Rights and headed for colleges and universities. The number earning a degree grew dramatically. But, back then, a college degree meant you had absorbed some real knowledge, become proficient in some discipline, could think on your own, and knew where to go to get what else you might have needed.

 

When the World War II ended in 1945, only five percent of adult Americans were college graduates. Many returning veterans took advantage of the GI Bill of Rights and headed for colleges and universities. The number earning a degree grew dramatically. But, back then, a college degree meant you had absorbed some real knowledge, become proficient in some discipline, could think on your own, and knew where to go to get what else you might have needed.

Especially was it true that you would learn something about your country — what made it the envy of the world and how to protect it from anyone who would change it. You might have learned some of these basics in a secondary school that prepared you to demonstrate to a college entrance board that you were ready for advanced learning.
 
Things changed over the years. The hippies, yippies, and counter-culture advocates dominated the college scene in the 1960s and beyond. They got their degrees and many became college and university instructors. Scholarship that used to prevail went out the window and in came studies that steered the minds of young people away from traditional values and toward instruction in social causes, even revolution. Along the way, the price of gaining a degree skyrocketed as facilities grew fancier and the salaries of an ever-swelling faculty population soared.

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