The decade of the 1960s was a tumultuous time for universities and the students that occupied them. It was a time of changing values, gone were the days of the Old Communist Left of the decades prior, and arrived was the movement of the New Left. This New Left emerged in the wake of the war in Vietnam, tensions between the East and the West, growing understanding of the threats to the environment, the oppression of women and minorities, and arrogance and corruption within the political process. With this New Left movement came a new breed of university students, a breed different from its predecessors, this group had unprecedented privilege and had the freedom to assess the world, particularly their place in it, to a greater extent than anybody before them. Unlike their fathers who likely worked upwards of sixty hours a week or more, these students were privileged. This was also a student population that had grown immensely, and the university population was larger than it had ever been before. For the first time in history, university students were a large group, and a group that now had some influence and impact in society.
[...] From this it will be clear that the student rebellion of the 1960s was one of privilege against privilege, as those that were privileged were trying to change the fabric of privilege, and even though they did not succeed in a complete transformation of the university system and of society in general, the New Left ideals that they adhered to did allow them to change the way universities taught and treated students forever. The students of these times knew that were children of relative privilege, and now, in their new homes at various universities, they regarded the state of their society as one with a bleak future. [...]
[...] It was typically the most affluent students that were in leadership roles during these protests. We have discussed the social climate that was in place during the time of these protests and rebellions, and we have illustrated that in most cases it was the affluent group of students that were leading the way, by why was this, the case, why were the affluent leading the way? The baby-boom generation, those that were responsible for the rebellion that we are discussing, grew up in a time when there was a material base for concern about democracy. [...]
[...] For the most part it was just the affluent types that were taking leading roles in protest, but everybody had an interest in changing the system. Students wanted to learn about the very issues that they were protesting about, and they did not want to be taught this material by a monotone professor who seemed to have no genuine interest in creating insightful thought among the students. Times in the university were being forced to change, and in many ways the university system benefited from being forced to adapt to their new student wishes. These radical students of the sixties, in their new enlightened form, and coming from unprecedented affluence, were in a position to make judgements about the universities, and whether they were being run in such a way that these students thought was best. [...]
[...] From this it is clear that the student rebellion of the 1960s was one of privilege against privilege, as those that were privileged were trying to change the fabric of privilege, and even though they did not succeed in a complete transformation of the university system and of society in general, the New Left ideals that they adhered to did allow them to change the way universities taught and treated students forever. Bibliography Bodroghkozy, Aniko. Groove Tube Sixties Television and the Youth Rebellion. [...]
[...] The usual expression of the politics of the youth movement in Canada, as we have mentioned so many times, was the protest on the individual campus. In fact, there was unlikely to be a single campus in the country that was able to escape this type of protest. McGill University in Canada was one of the hotspots for student protest during this decade. Between 1967 and 1969, there was a dispute that centered on a Marxist political science lecturer, Stanley Gray. [...]
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