The Jewish College Student: 1951 Model:
Is the Old Idealism and Zeal for Learning Gone?
IN 1895 Morris Raphael Cohen passed his entrance examinations to the College of the City of New York, receiving a gold medal for having made the highest mark of all the candidates. He reported the event as follows in his autobiography, A Dreamer’s Journey: “Even when I went home I could not realize that I had actually passed. My mother at that time was bedridden, and when I told her that I had passed the examination and was thus admitted to college, a flood of tears came into her eyes…. When one of my aunts remonstrated with my mother, ‘You cannot afford to send your boy to college,’ she replied, ‘If need be I’ll go out as a washerwoman and scrub floors so that my Morris can have a college education.”‘
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