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As the myriad of pre-school daycare centers, elementary, secondary, middle, junior high and regular high schools, academies, colleges, universities and other learning institutions, public and private, embark on another academic season, we present this personal cosmic game.

This cosmic baseball game does not resolve the perceived crisis in the American educational system. The debates rage inside and outside the sacred and not so sacred groves of the academy.

Nine American colleges and/or universities play against nine (U.S.) states recently recognized for the quality of their public school systems.

Schools are the predominant institutions for socialization of the nation's citizens. Beyond this generalization there is little consensus on what specific role "school" should play in the culture. Are schools for learning, training, career development, all of these, or something else? Is it where cultural values are transferred or is it a place to sublimate anti-social impulses? Is education something more than political social control disguised as preparation for democratic participation? In Education and the Rise of the Corporate State (1972) Joel Spring connects the evolution of the industrial model of education with the "abandonment of a definition of individualism that stressed independence for a definition that included self-sacrifice and cooperation...The problems of a growing urban society [at the beginning of the 20th C.] suggested that the style of city life should be cooperative not competitive."

With this idea in mind the Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education was released in 1918 by the United States government. The Cardinal Principles codified the political and social ideas of American pedagogues. A variety of extra-curricular activities, including the rise of “student governments" in high schools instructed, inculcated, and indoctrinated adolescents with civic responsibility. This was the goal of be democracy's servant.

HIGH SCHOOL: Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, a liberal arts college in New York's Hudson Valley, argues in his 1997 book Jefferson's Children, that United States high schools have become obsolete. Botstein "advocates replacing American high schools with a program of smaller, seminar style classes that foster greater opportunity, ability and willingness to contend with ambiguity, difficult subject matter, and complexity, and that takes teens more seriously as thinkers than the current high school system does." (See also this record of President Botstein's appearance on the Oprah Winfrey television show.)

COLLEGE: If you are deciding whether or not you want to go to college, or for all those freshmen who will be second guessing themselves in a month or two, [consider this:] If you do start to seriously consider leaving college, go get a crappy job at a helpdesk or a retail store and ask yourself if you want to do this for the next 40 years. If not, suck it up for a few more years and finish school. (Source: Mike, "a full time college student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell studying Management of Information Systems and Marketing. He expects to graduate in December 2006 and pursue a career in Information Technology.)

COLLEGE: For far too many individuals, college has become an adventure in hedonism. In this mode of operation, college keeps our youth occupied and out of the economy, which has no place for them...Of course, preparation for a productive life, for example in the ministry, has long been an aim of higher education, but the narrowing vocationalism and economic imperative of it all is something more recent...colleges must first and foremost be about learning. Students must develop their creative powers, which foster new ideas and technologies. (Source: Silvio Laccetti, Sep. 03, 2006)

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Public schools take a lot of criticism, but a growing, loosely organized movement is now moving from harsh words to action — with parents taking their own children out of public schools and exhorting other families to do the same. Led mainly by evangelical Christians, the movement depicts public education as hostile to religious faith and claims to be behind a surge in the number of students being schooled at home...Rev. D. James Kennedy, pastor of 10,000-member Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale and host of a nationally broadcast religious program recently commented, "The infusion of an atheistic, amoral, evolutionary, socialistic, one-world, anti-American system of education in our public schools has indeed become such that if it had been done by an enemy, it would be considered an act of war." ( Source: Evangelicals intensify calls for parents to pull kids from public schools, Associated Press, September 2, 2006)


Union Entry Date

The STATES roster is drawn from the nine top ranked states in a survey entitled, "2004-2005 Smartest State Award" published by Morgan Quitno Press. (A 2006 ranking is also available from Morgan Quitno. If the more recent rankings had been used, Maine, Virginia, and Montana would have replaced New York, Iowa, and Pennsylvania on the roster.)

February 6, 1788
Center Field

January 9, 1788
Second Base

March 4, 1791
Right Field

New Jersey
December 18, 1787
First Base

May 29, 1848
Third Base

New York
June 26, 1788

May 11, 1858
Left Field

December 28, 1846

December 12, 1787

Year Founded

"In the new land of America, the establishment of colleges occurred almost simultaneously with the settling of the country...A very practical consideration underlay this prompt attention to education-- the need to provide for a future ministry...Religious bodies played a major part in the founding of all nine of the colleges established within the present boundaries of the United States before the Revolutionary War." (Reamer Kline, Education for the Common Good, 1982).


William & Mary
First Base

Second Base

Third Base


Left Field

Center Field

Dutch Reformed
Right Field








     Inn. 1:  States
[Starter] Dartmouth
Massachusetts     K          . . .
Connecticut       K          . . .
Vermont           K          . . .
     Inn. 1:  Colleges
[Starter] Pennsylvania
Harvard           BB         . . X
William&Mary      8          . . X
Yale              4-6-3 DP   . . .
     Inn. 2:  States
NewJersey         9          . . .
Wisconsin         4          . . .
NewYork           1B         . . X
Minnesota         K          . . X
     Inn. 2:  Colleges
Princeton         1B         . . X
Columbia          4-6-3 DP   . . .
Pennsylvania      3-1        . . .
     Inn. 3:  States
Iowa              6-3        . . .
Pennsylvania      5 (Foul)   . . .
Massachusetts     BB         . . X
Connecticut       1B         X . X
Vermont           K          X . X
     Inn. 3:  Colleges
Brown             5-3        . . .
Rutgers           K          . . .
Dartmouth         6-3        . . .
     Inn. 4:  States
NewJersey         BB         . . X
Wisconsin         8          . . X
NewYork           6          . . X
Minnesota         K          . . X
     Inn. 4:  Colleges
Harvard           4-3        . . .
William&Mary      2B         . X .
Yale              4-3        X . .
Princeton         3UN        X . .
     Inn. 5:  States
Iowa              7          . . .
Pennsylvania      1B         . . X
Massachusetts     BB         . X X
Connecticut       BB         X X X
  Vermont           8 SACF     . X X 1
  NewJersey         2B         . X . 2
Wisconsin         6-3        . X .
     Inn. 5:  Colleges
Columbia          5-3        . . .
Pennsylvania      6-3        . . .
Brown             4-3        . . .
     Inn. 6:  States
NewYork           1B         . . X
Minnesota         K          . . X
Iowa              8          . . X
Pennsylvania      1B         . X X
Mass              1B         X X X
Conn              K          X X X
     Inn. 6:  Colleges
Rutgers           9          . . .
Dartmouth         K          . . .
Harvard           K          . . .
     Inn. 7:  States
Vermont           2B         . X .
NewJersey         BB         . X X
Wisconsin         K          . X X
NewYork           8          . X X
                  WP         X X .
Minnesota         8          X X .
     Inn. 7:  Colleges
William&Mary      3-1        . . .
Yale              K          . . .
Princeton         8          . . .
     Inn. 8:  States
Iowa              2B         . X .
Pennsylvania      5-3        . X .
Massachusetts     8          . X .
Connecticut       BB         . X X
Vermont           6-4 F      X . X
     Inn. 8:  Colleges
Columbia          5-3        . . .
Pennsylvania      K          . . .
Brown             1B         . . X
Rutgers           1B         . X X
 Dartmouth 		5-3        X X .
     Inn. 9:  States
NewJersey         9          . . .
Wisconsin         K          . . .
NewYork           4          . . .
     Inn. 9:  Colleges
Harvard           6-3        . . .
William&Mary      8          . . .
Yale              BB         . . X
Princeton         1B         . X X
Columbia          1-3        X X .


Game Notes

Game Time Weather Attendance Most Cosmic Player Umpires Official Scorer
2 Hours
23 Minutes
77o F
Undisclosed State of Pennsylvania
Robert Maynard Hutchins
Clark Kerr
Margaret Spellings
Reamer Kline


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Published: August 5, 2006