Education: Now, the Self-Centered Generation

A new spirit clearly dominates U.S. college campuses as 8.6 million young people begin the fall term this month. Not since the 1950s have students been so pragmatic in their outlook, so highly oriented toward careers and financial security. Deeply worried about an economy that is fraught with future uncertainties, overwhelmingly concerned with preparing for lucrative and satisfying jobs, today's college students can be fairly characterized as the Self-Centered Generation.

Once the draft and the threat of the Viet Nam War ended, American campuses reverted to a normality of sorts. The old political activism...

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