ERIC Number: EJ797515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
The New Children's Crusade: Lessons for College Presidents from the 2008 Presidential Campaign
Thomas, Ronald R.
Presidency, v11 n2 p22-26 Spr 2008
The national presidential election, still in the primary stages, has galvanized the country like none since 1968. Sounding a chord with college students and generating on campuses a level of political passion and excitement the likes of which college presidents haven't seen for four decades, the election of 2008 is being figured in the press as a new "children's crusade." College presidents, many of them having been on the other side of the barricades and marches and teach-ins in the earlier version of the children's crusade, should take note of both the similarities and the differences, and be prepared. At a time when there is so much for college presidents to be concerned about in higher education (and in the state of the union in general), it is exhilarating to see so many young people, their students, engaged in the democratic process in such great numbers for the first time in generations. As the author watches the drama unfold, he can not help thinking that there are lessons to learn in all this for college presidents about the who, the what, and the how of higher education in the future. Amidst all their heat and hot air, political campaigns, and this campaign in particular, can teach them something about effective presidential leadership on their campuses as well as in the capital. In this article, the author shares a few of the lessons he takes from this presidential campaign. It is about the students, a newly engaged, activist generation; the course of their instruction is change, innovation, transformation; and the pedagogical approach for them is a creative combination of high touch and high tech, in which technology is a tool that can enable a more genuine human interaction and truly connected and diverse campus communities.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Interaction, Political Campaigns, Activism, Social Change, Political Attitudes, Citizen Participation, Student College Relationship, United States History, College Presidents, Presidents, Democracy, Democratic Values, Leadership Effectiveness, Age Differences, Leadership Styles, Interpersonal Competence, Information Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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