Education: Coping with Confrontation

The two worst ways to handle student protest are surrender and repression. Either choice splits a campus into angry factions and almost guarantees future disorders. Is there a third way—a method that retains reason yet permits confrontation?

At Dartmouth College, strong sentiment against the Viet Nam war has long focused on the nearest target: ROTC. In democratic fashion, the college last month submitted the issue to a student referendum. Duly reflecting the results, the faculty then voted to abolish ROTC over a four-year period so that incoming freshmen who are counting on miltary...

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