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ERIC Number: ED034252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul-28
Pages: 14
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Confrontation--Catalyst for Consensus.
Barnett, Vincent M., Jr.
The main question discussed in this paper is whether the confrontations which have been taking place on college campuses these past few years provide the basis for a new consensus which will enable all to move forward with confidence and a renewed sense of achievement. In discussing these confrontations, however, several fallacies need to be dispelled: fallacy 1, disruptions typically occur at big, impersonal universities; fallacy 2, only a small percentage of students are involved; and fallacy 3, the Viet Nam war and the draft are basic causes of student unrest. The author feels that student radicals do not really wish to escape from authority, but rather that they badly need some authority which can be respected and in which they can place confidence. Young people also have a short time horizon, both looking backward and looking forward. They have a sense of urgency for the immediate as well as a growing disbelief in progress, or a growing disbelief in the gradual nature of progress. What is required from adults is neither indignant repression nor disgusted withdrawal, but constructive and patient efforts to respond on the campuses to the legitimate criticisms and to help restore an atmosphere in which there can be a more fully shared responsibility for the changes that need to be made. (KJ)
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Note: Speech delivered at convention of Association of College and University Housing Officers, Boston, Massachusetts, July 27-31, 1969