"The purpose of a college education is to question your father's values," the president of Dartmouth College once told graduating seniors, according to Dennis Prager.
Writing at National Review Online, Prager examines college students' growing tendency to abandon their Judeo-Christian values once on campus. Prager writes:
[M]ost parents with traditional American and Judeo-Christian values have not thought it necessary to articulate these values to their children on a regular basis. They have assumed that there is no need to because society at large holds those values, or it did so throughout much of American history. Villages do indeed raise children. And when the village shares parents’ values, the parents don’t have to do the difficult work of inculcating these values.
But the village — American society — has radically changed.
Virtually every institution outside the home has been captured by people with left-wing values: specifically the media (television and movies) and the schools (first the universities and now high schools). In the 1960s and 1970s, American parents were blindsided. Their children came home from college with values that thoroughly opposed those of their parents.
Prager writes that most parents are proud to send their child off to college, but "then the child comes home, often after only a year at college, a different person, values-wise, from the one whom the naïve parent so proudly sent off just a year earlier."
The entirety of Prager's article can be read at National Review Online.
Students at Catholic colleges and universities have not been immune to the pervasive secular culture that has taken over so many institutions of higher education across the country.
Many Catholic families have witnessed firsthand their child's loss of faith upon returning home from a Catholic college or university. Over the course of its twenty years promoting faithful Catholic education, The Cardinal Newman Society has received countless letters, phone calls and emails from parents expressing a sense of betrayal that the Catholic university to which they entrusted their child was a cause of that child's departure from the Church.
These concerns led the Newman Society to create The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College to provide Catholic families with a resource to help them select a faithful Catholic college. The institutions recommended in the Guide are unique in their commitment to strong Catholic identity in all aspects of campus life, from the classroom to the dorm room.
The list of recommended Catholic colleges and universities is available at TheNewmanGuide.com.
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