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ERIC Number: ED026938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 9
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To Live With Complexity: A Problem for Students--And for the Rest of Us.
Ford, Franklin L.
Harvard Today, p4-12 Aut 1968
In articles on student unrest, there is a great tendency to oversimplify the issues and to assume that the components and stakes are the same from Minnesota to Czechoslovakia. To understand this complex phenomenon, the following questions should be answered: How many different problems, of what orders of magnitude and intensity, need to be recognized? What can faculties and administrations do to meet these problems without relinquishing educational freedom to bigotry? Can the university, after identifying the levels of problems, deal with them? Can it emerge with its structure and underlying values intact? If danger to these values exists, how can the individual professor help counteract it? To analyze the structural variety of student unrest, it is helpful to consider the membership and motives of students in terms of a series of concentric circles. From this perspective, the different sources of unrest can be dealt with differently. (The Vietnam war injects a special element of venom into student discontent.) Many students have turned to quieter and slower ways of effecting change and the worst of the destructive frenzy may be over. Out of the turmoil has come the ominous evidence of a possibly damaging anti-intellectualism and evidence of the lack of recognition by college faculties of their own pivotal role in dealing with student unrest and their view that the troubles are none of their business. Faculty reticence must be overcome and the university must be recognized as an overarching institution composed oa a maze of subcommunities in which there can be no special rules for anyone. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Vietnam War
Note: A summary of remarks delivered before annual convocation of Harvard College Fund