Education: Crisis Amid the Calm

When violence was sweeping the nation's campuses in the late 1960s, a relatively small group of professors formed an alliance to carry the banner for scholarship. Though loosely knit, the University Centers for Rational Alternatives argued forcibly that student violence and emphasis on political action threatened academic freedom, and thus learning Today the students are subdued. But u c R.A., which now has 3,000 members among 'faculty and administrators on 350 campuses, continues to carry essentially the same banner. Only the foe has changed.

The current enemy of general education, according to many U.C.R.A. members, is neglect. In discussions among themselves across...

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