ERIC Number: ED223155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Introspection within Chaos: A Refrain for Survival.
Thompson, Mark E.
The role of the academic community in providing introspection and thoughtful analysis at times of national chaos is addressed. While during the 1960s many campuses debated issues and examined national priorities, little credit has been given to academic leadership for fostering a thoughtful approach to difficult questions relating to national priorities. It is suggested that the academic community may be a hidden and little understood medium for promoting freedom and thoughtful inquiry and that more work needs to be accomplished in this area by the academic community to maintain influence and promote enlightened concepts. Reference is made to the Vietnam War and the civil rights issues of the 1960s. It is claimed that many activists during this period had legitimate concerns that were developed from study and introspection into current events. Thoughtful people attempted to change ingrained, institutional habits through activism. Many educators and students projected democratic symbols (freedom and thoughtfulness) by allowing a continuing dialogue of debate through discussions and demonstrations. Social issues were being addressed by many people from academe, the arts, and concerned citizens. The idea that introspection can be used to solve problems and perhaps institute reform is an important educational resource, a part of the thinking-reasoning process. The importance of a consistent, thoughtful approach now seems more related to the complexities of technology than to the need for major structural changes. The question of productivity within the university and society, and the need for excellence as well are also addressed. (SW)
Descriptors: Activism, College Role, Democratic Values, Demonstrations (Civil), Dissent, Evaluative Thinking, Higher Education, Intellectual Experience, Political Attitudes, Political Influences, Political Power, Power Structure, Problem Solving, Public Policy, Scholarship, Social Action, Social Change, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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