Education: The Dialectic of Demonstration

DAY after day the campus spectacle repeats itself: professors and deans evicted or held hostage, windows shattered, students struggling with police, offices rifled, even rifles carried by grim militants. The protesters talk, preach or scream about the university's Government connections, the percentage of black students, faculty selection, admission policies. These are surely significant questions, but all too often they are forgotten in the dialectic of demonstration. What starts in many instances as the "politics of conscience" bypasses the political process and anesthetizes conscience.

Familiar Trap. At Cornell last week, protesters armed themselves for "self-protection" and caused a grave crisis (see following...

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