Friday, February 13, 2009

This was a public college?

I love to read things such as this—the requirements for Yale University in the 1700s that encompass character qualities that must be evident when you begin college, as well as daily obligations. Read these outstanding conditions for Yale that were written and utilized less than 300 years ago!

Requirements/Regulations for Yale 1745
Chapter 1
Concerning Admission into College
1. That none may expect to be admitted into this college unless upon examination of the president and tutors, they shall be found able extempore to read, construe, and parse Tully, Virgil, and the Greek Testament; and to write true Latin in prose and to understand the rules of prosody and common arithmetic, and shall bring sufficient testimony of his blameless and inoffensive life

Chapter 2
Of a Religious and Virtuous Life
1. All scholars shall live religious, godly, and blameless lives according to the rules of God’s Word, diligently reading the Holy Scriptures, the fountain of light and truth; and constantly attend upon all the duties of religion, both in public and secret.

2. That the president, or in his absence one of the tutors, shall constantly pray in the college hall every morning and evening; and shall read a chapter or suitable portion of the Holy Scriptures, unless there be some other theological discourse or religious exercise; and every member of the college…shall seasonably attend upon penalty that every undergraduate who shall be absent (without sufficient excuse) shall be fined 1 d.

3. The president is hereby desired as he has time and opportunity to make and exhibit in the hall such a public exposition, sermon or discourse as he shall think proper for the instruction of the scholars…

[emphasis mine]

Can you imagine what it'd be like to have such regulations for a public college now? Unthinkable, but amazing!

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