Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Metzger, pages 378-379
Metzger is talking about the rise of universities emulating the German model in the late 19th century, including Clark University in Massachusetts and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He notes that the research university did not really "fit" with the undergraduate college (a tension that persists to this day) but Americans refused to import the German university as its own thing, and instead fused it with the college in a thousand different eclectic ways. The idea of separating the two, especially in state universities, was seen as "undemocratic." This reminds of of de Tocqueville's observation on how the democratic spirit shapes so much of American life.