Chair’s note – Those who control our education system, control our future. In America today there is a purposeful and largely successful mission to confuse us on the difference in a liberal arts education and teaching our children to be liberals. Most educators are fully dedicated to the latter. Hillsdale College is a notable exception. These folks understand that a liberal arts education stands on teaching people to think; learn from history; discern truth from fabrication; and strive to contribute to the betterment of their fellow man. What follows is the pledge that the Hillsdale freshman class recites in a ceremony affirming their commitment to embrace their coming years with the passion of truth-seekers wishing to lay a good hand on the world. I thought you would enjoy knowing about this exception to the “teaching our children to be liberal’ approach in most education settings. It’s an ironic testimony to the fact that an authentic liberal arts education is an echo of conservative reason.
Hillsdale College Freshman Pledge
“We, the students of Hillsdale College, commit ourselves to diligent study and patient reflection. Having come to learn, we are proud to do so with integrity and will conduct ourselves with exemplary honor. As sacrifices past and present make possible our education, we too become stewards of this College for the generations yet to come. We pledge ourselves to the pursuit of truth, the love of the good, and the cultivation of beauty, for the sake of our minds and hearts and for an ennobled society. By so doing, we embrace the high calling of liberal education.”