Colleges: A Plea for Student Freedom

"Colleges are not churches, clinics, or even parents. Whether or not a student burns a draft card, participates in a civil rights march, engages in premarital or extramarital sexual activity, becomes pregnant, attends church, sleeps all day or drinks all night, is not really the concern of an educational institution."

The speaker was neither Nanterre's Danny the Red nor Columbia's Mark Rudd, but the president of the uncontroversial American Association for Higher Education, Lewis B. Mayhew. University administrators who assume such concern, added Mayhew, are really to blame for much of the...

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