Student Pressure for Drastic Changes
Campus Uprisings and Demand for Reforms
Out of the heat of the student rebellions in the spring of 1968 a cool word suggestive of mere mechanics emerged as a talisman for ending the campus wars of the 1960s. The word was “restructure.” The idea conveyed is that a make-over of some kind is imperative if major faults of higher education are to be corrected, and if conditions that foment student discontent are to be relieved. But though the word is cool, its portent is not, for restructuring will inevitably entail a clash of interests and viewpoints on a number of emotion-charged issues.
Students are not alone in demanding structural revision of a system in which they regard themselves as virtual captives for ...