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ERIC Number: ED032824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May-6
Pages: 25
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The Colleges and Universities and the Urban Crisis.
Lerner, Max
America is experiencing its most rapid change over, and it is necessary that this change be contained in a meaningful way. The main thrust of our recent changes has been in the direction of an erosion of belief in the American dream on the part of college students and ghetto residents. If the heart of the American experience is to be "access", then equal opportunity for equal life chances must be provided for all. The inner city revolution is part of a deeper and continuing "uprooting revolution" which violates the organic health of individuals, the community, and nation. Television has had a revolutionary impact by implying that fulfillment of desires can be instantaneous. Trust and communication are 2 crucial factors in the relationship of society to students and ghetto residents. However, this trust has been broken, and the result has been activism, often violent. Activism is good, but it should be preceded by reflective thinking. There are 7 theories that attempt to account for violent activism. Much of this activism has been directed toward destroying the organism of the university. Constitutional structures must be revised, and a new setting must be created within which the teaching and learning processes can proceed in a healthy way. Change can be effected if collective intelligence and will are used. (DS)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Identifiers: American Dream
Note: Speech delivered at the American College Testing Program Conference in Iowa City, Iowa, May 6, 1969; to be published in forthcoming ACT book CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY: HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE 1970's