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ERIC Number: ED030372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec-5
Pages: 9
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An Analysis of Dissent.
Keniston, Kenneth
Student activists in the US attend the best colleges and universities, approximate the intellectual and ethical ideals of their professors, and have experienced the affluence and security provided by post-industrial society. Their current moralistic protest concentrates on the Vietnam war and racism in the US. They are most dissatisfied with war-related university policies and administrative response to political pressures and not with the quality or relevance of their education in itself. On a world-wide basis, student activists are searching for new values that involve an identification with the process of social and personal change and emphasize openness, mobility, fluidity, and continuous self-transformation. They also feel that existing society is hypocritical, outmoded, oppressive, unworthy of respect, in urgent need of reform, and suffering from symptoms of exhaustion. The problem in the US may be that society has exceeded its earlier goals and, lacking new goals, has become exhausted by its own success. With the loss of a moral imperative behind production, acquisition, materialism, and abundance, modern society does not inspire an implicit sense of allegiance, fidelity and moral respect in its most affluent, idealistic, and talented youth. Future historians may say that today's dissenting students were right in pointing to the need for a radical restructuring of society and its institutions. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, San Francisco, California, December 4-6, 1968