Universities: Medieval and Modern
Universities have existed since the Twelfth Century AD and have been evolving ever since. There have been many changes however many things have remained unchanged throughout the years. The student and teacher roles have evolved as well as the general purpose of going to a university. Overall the academic aspects have changed more than the personal aspects of college.
In 1200, the King of France issued a statement (118)* regarding Royal Privileges granted to the University of Paris. In order to protect the students, the King made a law that if any citizen sees harm being done to a student of the university he must testify truthfully to this. This law shows how important students were in Paris. The privileges given to students now include financial aid and grants. Today the federal government gives low interest rates on loans that students do not have to start paying back until after they have graduated. Sometimes students can even get grants which will pay for their education and do not have to be repaid. These privileges show how much the government wants people to attend college.
The life of the student today still has striking similarities to that of the medieval student. The main problem for students both now and then is the lack of money. A letter (132) written in the Thirteenth Century displays a timeless theme: writing home for money. The last line of the letter says it all; "Without Ceres and Bacchus Apollo grows cold". Another issue that has plagued students and parents for hundreds of years is partying. Some students concentrate more on parties than their studies. Another letter (132) written in the Thirteenth Century is from a father to a son admonishing him about his laziness. The father states that his son, "prefers license to restraint and play to work". A more serious issue that has arisen throughout the history of universities is that of rioting. A recount of the riot at Oxford (130)in the 13th century is reminiscent of a riot...