The Yale Daily News recently surveyed 400 of this year’s graduating seniors, asking them whether they believed in God. Fifty-four per cent said no. The response to a question on political inclinations showed that 33 per cent considered themselves “capitalist,” 24 per cent “socialist,” and 10 per cent “anarchist”; the other 33 per cent were “indifferent.” Although experience shows that these percentages will moderate as the students grow older, still the findings are distressing.
Another survey suggests quite strongly that (in case anyone still has any doubts about it) the college experience has measurable effects upon a student’s outlook. This poll, conducted by the Gallup Survey at the request of Oklahoma Christian College, looked into fifty-seven schools across the nation and made more intensive studies at Princeton and OCC. Thirty per cent of the freshmen identified their political philosophy as left of center or far left. By their senior year the percentage increased to 53. As the students moved from freshman to senior status, larger numbers approved smoking, drinking, abortion, pre-marital sex, and legalized marijuana. At the same time their interest in religion decreased. Forty-one per cent of the students felt that their political views were influenced by the courses they took; twenty-nine per cent acknowledged the influence of individual teachers. The political and social views of the Oklahoma Christian students generally were in sharp contrast to the more liberal views of the total college sample. They were markedly different from those of the students at Princeton.
The very least that can be inferred is that, one way or another, colleges and universities play a significant role in determining the world and life views ...1
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