ERIC Number: ED029551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
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A Modern Sisyphus Goes to College.
Sampson, Edward E.
Both Clark Kerr and Zbigniew Brzezinski argue that American society is becoming technologically complex or "technetronic" and that the new multiversity is the appropriate type of higher education institution to serve that society. The historically relevant man must adjust himself to these circumstances; the historically irrelevant one can continue his "Sisyphian" life. A different argument using historical inevitability begins with the needs of the individual. Here, the new era and its institutions will have to be modified to serve the individual. Thus, the humanistic protest movements, including the Third World's revolution for social justice and the Fourth World's revolution for quality, are historically relevant and represent sensitivity to the future. This dialectic argues for a movement away from Society, a period of renewed emphasis on the Community, and, finally, a new synthesis: "community-in-society." Two of the major issues reflecting this dialectic are the concept of individual participation in decision making and the revolt against the excessive rationalization of all life. Both trends are now at work in the university which has been the bastion of superrationalization. The present influential Establishment against change could well be called "the military-industrial-educational complex." A university that would lead us into the new community-in-society would have to make rather radical changes in its own complexion. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California, August 30-September 3, 1968