ERIC Number: ED051758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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The Unholy Alliance Against the Campus.
Keniston, Kenneth; Lerner, Michael
Radical extremists on the left and right are allied in a concerted attack on higher education, blaming the campuses for the unrest. Though the public on the whole has rejected the extreme charges, many have been persuaded that campus reforms would lessen or eliminate the disorders that have swept higher education. Hundreds of studies of student unrest do not support this view. Many other misconceptions should be corrected: (1) the overwhelming majority of campus protests have been peaceful and orderly, and not violent; (2) 99 percent of the students neither are nor want to be violent; (3) campus permissiveness is not responsible for policy brutality or student violence; (4) though police have often overreacted, this is not the norm; and (5) when it comes to protecting their own turf, most faculty members are not radical, but very conservative. Charges that universities attempt to indoctrinate their students and are becoming politicized are refuted. Protesters tend to be better students than the non-protesters, and to bar them from campuses would deprive society of their potential or real talents. Higher education must be reformed to serve society better, not destroyed as a scapegoat for national problems. A bibliography of studies of student activism, protest, and faculty roles concludes the paper. (AF)
Descriptors: Activism, College Students, Educational Change, Faculty, Higher Education, Social Problems, Student Behavior
Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, California 94704 ($0.20)
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Authoring Institution: Carnegie Commission on the Future of Higher Education, Berkeley, CA.