The United States spends more per student on education than any other nation. Our magnificent education facilities, school buildings, gymnasiums, laboratories, college campuses, endowments and scholarships are the envy of the world. Yet, something is lacking in our vast educational system. Crime has increased even more inside schools and colleges than it has in surrounding areas.
Most colleges and universities have doubled their budgets for security. Many have had to install escort services for students walking across the campus after dark. At Boston and Harvard Universities and Wellesley College, students are warned to keep their doors locked at all times. Campus thieves stole $32,000 in merchandise from the Wellesley College bookstore last year.
A coed at the University of Chicago reported: “I was raped and robbed in my apartment. Within the last year, all my roommates were either raped or robbed.” College officials have commented on the “frightening” fact that there is so little remorse in the campus criminals who are caught. They are simply not sorry for their crimes.
People who stay at hotels and motels are usually well educated. Yet, the 21,000 hotels and 43,000 motels report that one oxit of every three persons who stays at an American hotel or motel steals something when he or she leaves. Most of the thievery is not committed by professionals, but by middle-class guests who rationalize their criminal acts.
The four young women who participated in the recent San Francisco bank robbery as members of the Symbionese Liberation Army were all college educated. One had been a “A” student. They all showed no hesitation or remorse in stealing $10,960, or in being part of a terrorist gang which wounded two bank employees and killed an Oakland school superintendent. Their foul language during the bank holdup shocked the guards who heard them.
The police can protect us against a tiny fraction of criminals so long as nearly all the population respects God’s Ten Commandments and cooperates in a system of legal and social sanctions against violators. Time is running out on America as an orderly and safe society if we continue to permit our schools and colleges to be citadels of atheism amidst moral decay.
It is more important for our schools and colleges, year in and year out, to teach and train students to obey the Ten Commandments than it is to impart any other knowledge. If we don’t insist on this before the schools receive our money, we might as well resign ourselves to our campuses producing criminals.