ERIC Number: ED037756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug-11
Reference Count: 0
The Counselor's Role in Student Unrest.
Schmidt, Wesley I.
In a search for the causes of student unrest, it is difficult to separate basic causes from the spoken and rationilized causes. This paper attempts to present a level of analysis which is sufficiently generic so as to discern basic trends and issues but at the same time descriptively specific, so as to be useful in facing practical issues and consequences. Some of the primary causes are: 1) dissatisfaction with the "system"; 2) the quest for identity. Among the dissenters are: 1) the frustrated advantaged youth who have been given too much; and 2) middle-class students who hope to improve things and have become frustrated in their attempts. The Informed counselors have begun to prepare their schools and students for a world of unease by: 1) listening carefully, 2) communicating the real issues; 3) being a sounding board, and 4) maintaining contact with students. When over demonstration seems imminent, a counselor can: 1) establish trust on both sides; 2) define the problem or need; and 3) cause each side to sharpen their definition of goals and objectives. Those schools which develop an internal base of security and competence so as to maintain a quality of empathy and openness to the real needs of students will probably remain open. (KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield. Dept. of Pupil Personnel Services.; Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb.
Note: Workshop on the Counselor's Role in Student Unrest, Chicago, Illinois, August 11, 1969