ERIC Number: ED044075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May-6
Reference Count: 0
Is the Present Anxiety about Public Education Justified? (Emphasis: Higher Education).
Sherriffs, Alex C.
The author feels the public's confidence in higher education is at a low ebb, a big change from 6 years ago when higher education had universal respect. The problems and upheavals that have plagued the campuses in the last few years can be traced to at least five causes. First, the presence of a majority of the public who were silent, confused, and went along with the minority of highly motivated, hostile, articulate, and irresponsible students and faculty members who created much of the problems. Second, the presence on many campuses of irresponsible and influential faculty members, who have the administration cowed, and who have used their power to further their own ends. Third, the background of many administrators who are often ex-faculty members and are not management oriented. Fourth, the presence of coercive groups on campus whose aim is to produce conflict. And fifth, the myths that circulate in society about the campus, such as rampant sexual promiscuity, the generation gap, and student approval of violence as a means to bring about change. These problems have to be faced: students should be respected, but not pampered; the administration should be more responsive to the overwhelming majority of non-militant faculty members; and coercive groups should be controlled so that they don't interfere with the rights of others. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented to the Rational Debate Seminar, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C., May 6, 1970