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ERIC Number: ED040670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Pages: 8
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Who Should Go to College?
Birenbaum, William M.
American society is obsessed with "credentials," much of it brought about by institutions of higher education. The proper credentials are those determined by Middle America, and those on the outside, the minorities, must accept these credentials and ways to obtain them before they are allowed "in.""Who should go to college?" is a Middle America question, and because of political pressures Middle America is no longer prepared to tell anyone he should not try to go. The burden of proof has thus shifted from those trying to get in, to those who would keep them out. Being "in" is not the only issue; institutions of higher education are out of touch with the new knowledge and the new society of the young. Though, in the areas of law, medicine, architecture, and science, society is used as a laboratory, the social science and humanities sectors, those subjects which bear most directly upon a person's search for himself in the context of his time, have ignored the world around them. This failure has led to much of the disruption on the streets and campuses. Colleges have become places where young people are being prepared for one version of life, while removing them from life during the preparation. It is essential that institutional forms be changed in order to move rapidly to a higher standard of excellence compatible with a society committed to a higher standard of civilization. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 25th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 1970