ERIC Number: ED053646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-1
Reference Count: 0
Campus Disaffection, Present and Future.
Tussing, A. Dale
Disaffection with the schools stems largely from a crisis of purpose. The schools' client population can be sorted into 3 main groups: the makers and the non-makers (both of whom see the schools as vehicles for attaining adequate success) and the post-makers. The post-makers take material well-being for granted and reject the traditional image of the schools as a means for achieving economic success and happiness. There are different types of disaffection: that of the non-makers who fail to make it through the schools and that of the post-makers who are dissatisfied with the schools' purposes. Schools are dominated by the makers who are likely to view non-makers as ignorant failures and post-makers as unrealistic or dangerous. The 2 latter groups, in turn, view makers as sell-outs. Disaffection and conflict in the schools is likely to continue and the post-maker group is likely to grow. Policy prescriptions are more in the nature of "don't" than "do's." It is clearly important, however, to maintain a truly pluralistic school system and, in seeking new purposes for schools, to keep in mind that it is more important that post-makers find a purpose in life than that schools find a new reason for being. "But there ought to be a connection." (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ. Research Corp., NY. Educational Policy Research Center.
Note: Paper prepared for the Educational Staff Seminar on Alternatives in Post Secondary Education, Syracuse University Research Corporation, New York, April 30-May 1, 1971