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In education, where man's affective aspect is largely overlooked, the movement is probing a long-neglected area. Max Birnbaum, associate professor of human relations at Boston University, who believes that this neglect is in large part responsible for the counterculture subscribed to by the younger generation, feels that the answer to youth's disaffection might lie in the new movement. He sees the day when the learning experience will involve a group of peers, "in contrast to the traditional classroom, with the teacher as an authority figure and the students as charges." This model is already taking shape in many of the human potentials movement's group sessions.
It is too soon to assess the true value of the movement. According to Donald Clark, it does "not lead to old answers but to new puzzles, new problems, new models of experience, new perspectives, and subsequently may provide a possiblethough not guaranteed footing from which one may reach for new answers and new skills."