ERIC Number: ED029591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-18
Reference Count: 0
Campus Insurgency: Evolution or Revolution.
Muirhead, Peter P.
Today's younger generation is unique. Many are the products of affluence and many others come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Both sense a frustration and feel disillusioned with a society that rewards the rich and denies opportunities to the poor. They are also children of an electronic age and the exposure to instantaneous experiences reinforces their impatience. Yet the young share with other groups and institutions a deep sense of powerlessness. Although the anger of radical students and their sympathizers can be understood, it does not justify the violence seen at many institutions. It is ineffective to reply to student protests simply by trying to repress them. Administrators in colleges and high schools must make every effort to establish communication with their students and grant them responsibility. Never before have students been better prepared to have a voice in the decisions affecting them. They are, too, often right in condemning the complacency of their elders. Students should be given full responsibility for their personal conduct on and off campus and the opportunities to evaluate their faculty's teaching performance and participate in curriculum reform. The most important concern of students--the quality of undergraduate teaching--should be shared by administrators and faculty. The idealism of activist students should be welcomed, their right to dissent rigorously protected, and their alliance sought. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at annual convention of the American Association of School Administrators, Atlantic City, New Jersey, February 18, 1969