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ERIC Number: ED039837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-6
Pages: 10
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[The Closing Society.]
Brewster, Kingman, Jr.
At the root of student unrest are two basic factors: (1) the "involuntary campus," and (2) the "manipulated society." Many students attend a university not because they want to, but because of parental pressure, to avoid the draft, to get the right job, or to satisfy the notion that in order to be really accomplished it is necessary to have a degree - preferably a doctorate. There is strong pressure on the student to finish college in four years, or to continue immediately with graduate study. For a healthier voluntary campus atmosphere, prestigious employers could arrange with universities to have talented seniors return to the campus anytime within ten years after graduation. The "manipulated society" refers to a deeply rooted malaise in this country, which traditionally has been a haven for those with economic, political or opinion intiatives. This country now seems more manipulated than free, more closed than open. Economic power is concentrated in the hands of a few, as is the opinion industry of national networks and the strong newspapers. The political market is now increasingly dominated by the concentration of self-perpetuating power. To regain an open society, it is essential that these power centers be opened so that all will have a chance to participate. (AF)
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Identifiers: United States
Note: Address at the fall commencement of Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, December 6, 1969