ERIC Number: ED028712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-4
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How Should Higher Education Function as a Social Critic?
Fitzpatrick, Joseph P.
As the university seeks continually both to preserve and enhance man's intellectual heritage, it is beset by 3 dilemmas. (1) The dilemma of its function to conserve versus its function to liberate. It is precisely in this task of conserving the essential heritage while it liberates man from enslavement to it that the university finds its greatest difficulty. A new idea, movement or institution may be really the contemporary expression of a permanent human value, not a vehicle for its destruction. (2) The dilemma of its need to be objective versus its desire to be relevant. It is important for the university to examine the kinds of commitments that may have become structured into it. But in making new commitments it must be careful not to replace 1 set of vested interests with another. (3) The dilemma of its obligation to analyze social action theoretically versus its obligation to be directly involved in that action. The university must contribute in the area of evaluation, theory and innovative ideas to provide perspective for the direct action of others. These 3 dilemmas are enormously complicated by the social developments of the day. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Higher Education's 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Ill., Mar 2-5, 1969