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ERIC Number: EJ1138993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Towards Real Utopias in Higher Education
Suoranta, Juha; FitzSimmons, Robert
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v15 n1 p275-297 Mar 2017
In this article we search for real utopias for higher education by first introducing and describing a vital counter-hegemonic students movement of the early 1960s--Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and their Port Huron Statement (1962). The movement maintained that universities are not communities of equals but served the elite. In the statement they highlighted the various socio-political problems within the United States that ought to be solved and demanded that higher education needed to be something more than a mere status and reproduction apparatus for the privileged. After describing the Port Huron Statement, we ponder its lessons and legacy as well as its implications for the present moment and for the future of higher education as a public good. We urge a new statement as a real utopia and an era of intellectual collectivism for today's students and their teachers--an era that would also cause them to embrace the greater world, to take a deep look at their own position in society, and look uncomfortably but hopefully at the world they will inherit.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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