The Public Interest

The Collegiate Miscellany

William J. Bennett

Fall 1978

“IT is notorious how metaphysical was the passion that drove ,Ikthe Puritans to these shores; they went there in the hope of living more perfectly in the spirit.” The ambition thus described by Santayana may be somewhat dimmed in certain quarters of national life, but education is not one of them. “In the campaign for character, no auxiliaries are to be refused,” President Eliot of Harvard said in the 19th century, and in their new study of the last decade of higher education in America,* Gerald Grant and David Riesman point out that anything and everything have been tried and nothing refused in the effort toward spiritual reform and revitalization of the American college.

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