Education: The War and the Students

Though collegians obviously dislike the Viet Nam War, the extent and sincerity of their feelings remain elusive. Two Swarthmore psychologists, Kenneth Gergen and his wife Mary, have just completed a nationwide poll showing that campus antiwar sentiment has deeply and often illogically altered student attitudes toward parents, careers, religion and just about everything that touches their lives.

After surveying more than 5,000 students at 39 diverse campuses, ranging from Princeton to Michigan's Grand Valley State College, the Gergens found that almost one out of three students favored immediate withdrawal from Viet Nam. Pure self-interest was a relatively minor factor; the students' draft-lottery...

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