in Christian Perspective
I. W. Knobloch, Ph.D.
The Role of Students in Intellectual and Political Advance
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From: JASA 12 (December 1960): 110.
Too often we tend to think that advances in the
various fields of knowledge are made by the professionals such as teachers and statesmen. That this
is generally true, there can be little doubt. A fine
subject for a Ph.D. thesis would be the role that
students have played in shaping our destinies. One
calls to mind the student revolts in many of the South
American countries, in Hungary, and elsewhere. That
these have had an effect must go without debate.
A recent pamphlet of the Society for Freedom in
Science, "Opposition Aroused in China by Marxist
Planning of Scientific Research," Occ. Pamphlet No.
19, Dec. 1959,* points up the argument given above.
It appears that China recognizes that it cannot get
a place in the sun without her intellectuals and yet she
does not wish them to 'have unrestricted power and
freedom. Both students and faculties in various
universities have revolted against thought control
forced upon them by the state. The government is
committed to a policy of socialism and all her intellectual effort must be channeled in this direction.
Those who are freethinkers have had and will continue to have rough sledding.
(Additional material by Dr. Knobloch this quarter appears
in the Book Review section-Editor.)