ERIC Number: ED027849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-3
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Lost Academic Souls and the Truth.
Birenbaum, William M.
The connection between knowing the truth and some version of how men should live has always guided those who would lead the university. Walls around a campus or geographic isolation cannot prevent social pressures from affecting the institution. Colleges and universities have always been politicalized. The danger lies not in that fact but in the sharp new exposure of the misuse and abuse of the substantial power these institutions now possess at a time when higher education has become essential to economic, political, social and spiritual survival. The character of the new knowledge and the technologies available for getting access to it have reduced the qualitative gap between those who teach and those who are being taught. Today's students want to consult the original sources of knowledge. Therefore, the institutions must be prepared to share the process of academic lawmaking with those it expects to govern. New mechanisms must be found for integrating the new knowledge into the curricula and new efforts must be made to answer to the needs of the environment, particularly the cities. To break down the walls of the academic monopolies it is necessary to (1) eliminate the old demarcation line between college and high school (2) transfer a substantial amount of power from white to black in the urban communities (3) eliminate the superblock campuses and integrate them into the city (4) find new ways to honor the experience of those we seek to educate (5) improve the whole educational system and (6) create the best possible environment for learning in our institutions. (AM)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Higher Education's 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Ill., Mar 2-5, 1969.