Monday, 14 March 2011

How students should be?


University student radicalism is a historical icon of the 1960s and 1970s, but as a revolution its key characteristic often seems to be that it is long over. To many who were there and to those who wished they were, the era defines the way university students in some way ought to be. Youthful intellectuals rebelled against established structures. They challenged conventional thinking, themselves producing new, dissenting and irreverent ideas. Some of these images are truer than the mythic proportions of their telling might imply. Enshrined in memoirs and nostalgic histories that celebrate struggles to overcome various kinds of opposition, the intellectual and social concerns of student rebellion made a lasting imprint on the universities, even if the period failed to permanently shape the (mis)behaviour of students. 

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