ERIC Number: ED024340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-12
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The Trojan Horse in American Education.
Although violent demonstrations have occurred at only a few universities, moves toward direct confrontati"n with authority seen as repressive or hypocritical could take place at any college in the country. Part of the cause is the students' desire for national notoriety which TV affords. The growth of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) also constitutes a formidable threat to campus peace. The worst disruptions have occurred at the most liberal institutions where there is a heavy reliance on a mistaken theory of liberalism that does not distinguish between belief and behavior, and thus does not meet violations of due process with appropriate sanctions. Condoning lawless behavior often provokes further lawlessness and is indicative of faculty and administrative cowardice. Recent incidents at the University of Colorado and Columbia University indicate the extent to which flagrant misconduct is tolerated and the concepts of free speech and academic freedom misconstrued. A university's capitulation to SDS demands only emboldens it and its allies to continue policies of confrontation and educational demoralization. Administrators may want to think of the university as "a free market place of ideas," but they should realize that SDS is selling more than ideas. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.