Sunday, February 15, 2009

Risks On Secular College Campuses

R. Menachem Schrader, the Founding Director of the OU's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) program, said the following at a conference for principals and guidance advisors last week about yeshiva high school graduates who go to secular colleges (link):

The students will be going from the “bubble” of kindergarten through twelfth grade to the different atmosphere of the secular campus. In this environment, “parents have no guarantee their children will remain observant.”

Ira Miller, the Dean of Ramaz said, “We hold our breaths when we let them go” to secular colleges. “They are not finished growing yet, emotionally or spiritually. Where there are programs, we hope they find caring adults, young men and women giving of themselves to inspire confidence.”

I tend to agree, although there are exceptions to every generalization.

See here for the full press release/article: link.

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