Education: The Aggressive Moderates

Until recently, student protest seemed to be a bizarre happening confined to a few unusual campuses−Berkeley, say, or Cornell, or Columbia. But in the post-Cambodia climate, some of the sleepiest campuses have suddenly been stirred to varying degrees of anger and demands for change. Almost everywhere, more and more students are voicing unsuspected concern. But despite their newfound willingness to join demonstrations and their often abusive language, the new activists are still basically against violence, which is why they are being called "aggressive moderates."

Consider the University of Alabama, which has long been...

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