Education: Were Campuses Really Quiet?

Kingman Brewster, President of Yale University, described last year's campus mood as one of "eerie tranquillity." FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's annual report said that the number of campus demonstrations, logged chiefly from press reports, was down two thirds from the year before. Scores of other commentators, including TIME, concluded that at the very least the campus uproar that had culminated in the protests after the Kent and Jackson State shootings had given way to a new calm. Last week a report by the American Council on Education put that view up against the wall.

Things were indeed quieter than in the...

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