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ERIC Number: ED035040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Pages: 13
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A Perspective on Activism.
Thomson, Scott D.
This report attempts to present an overview of the problem of student activism. There are four different alienated student groups: (1) the New Left activists, (2) the advocates of Black Power, (3) the Hippies, and (4) the Third World Liberation Front. Each group is discussed and the difference between previous difficulties and present day difficulties is considered. The reasons for today's problem of student unrest being so different and so difficult is twofold: (1) the peculiar nature of youth today as affected by historical forces, (2) the opening up of schools beyond their essentially intellectual function to a direct and reciprocal contact with society and conflict. One marked difference between yesterday and today's alienated youth is the level of hostility directed toward existing institutions. Concerning the second point on the role of schools, three main points are made: (1) educator's need to discover the fine line between talking and doing, (2) this line must be nurtured into healthy vigor and its centrality to the community must be explained, and (3) channels for active involvement in community affairs must be provided through outside organizations. A total of nine specific suggestions of how schools might take the initiative in involving students in constructive ways are given. (Author/KJ)
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Authoring Institution: Evanston Township High School, IL.