Carol Platt Liebau: The Death of Decorum

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Death of Decorum

According to this piece, at least some colleges are now permitting male and female students to room together.

What a sad pass. Essentially, it's an explicit abdication of any obligation the schools might ever have had to serve in loco parentis; what's more, it's more than a recognition of in-dorm sexual activity -- it's tantamount to an endorsement. Whatever one's personal views on premarital sex, there's no reason actively to encourage it within the confines of a university.

What is the point? And how, exactly, do the colleges think they'll manage when "roommates" involved in a romantic relationship break up?


Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

As an Evangelical Christian, I believe that sex before marriage is wrong and not God-honouring.

Nevertheless, all people are compelled by their sinful desires to engage in such activity - this includes unbelievers.

The last time I checked, sexual activity outside the confines of marriage was not illegal in America.

Moreover, if single-gender is retained - won't that encourage homosexual behaviour?

5:05 PM  
Blogger Colonel Steve said...

Sadly, I saw it 25 years ago when I was in college. Granted, it was unofficial, not the official way that this sounds.

In my case I was at a public university, not a private Wesleyan college like one of these.

And they say those of us in Kentucky are behind the times.....wish we were in this case.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Here's another salient oversight: that the compulsions of the young, combined with the lack of restrictions by law, should then lead to the enabling of such encounters by those we've paid to instruct our young. How does this work for you? It's certainly bad enough that they find ways around policies meant to keep them honest. Worse to give in and give them every means to indulge. As adults, we are oblidged to guide the young toward to the best choices, not dangle the worst before them. As to your last comment:

"Moreover, if single-gender is retained - won't that encourage homosexual behaviour?"

picture me pointing and laughing at the silliness of it.

12:33 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...


I always thought that college aged kids were 18 or so. Isn't that the voting age? And if so, aren't they to be viewed as adults?

7:01 PM  

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