ERIC Number: ED031171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul-7
Reference Count: 0
Campus Unrest and Exhausted Administrators.
Schaefer, Robert J.
No precise explanation can be offered for student uprisings at colleges and universities, but a sense of social purpose seems to pervade these disruptive activities. A college education, once a matter of free choice, is now a twentieth-century imperative for social and economic mobility. Modern students, frustrated by the inescapability of the college experience, observe such anomalies as poverty amidst wealth; war-related activities of a university that denounces war; the ugly reality of racism and professional rhetoric about human unity and dignity; and professors for whom students are not a primary concern, and have decided that middle-aged adults are the culpable parties for the current state of affairs. The use of repressive administrative power should be replaced with more patience, firmness, decisiveness, and participatory campus democracy to establish a cohesive institutional climate that is not conducive to student unrest. Teaching arrangements are needed which provide a sense of intimacy and shared purpose for students and faculty, such as short-term, problem-oriented interdisciplinary institutes. Students would then be able to alternate periods of learning and independent study, and professors could alternate intensive teaching and the study, research, and consulting demanded of them by contemporary society. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.
Note: Speech given before the 28th Annual Superintendents Work Conference, July 7, 1969.