Towards Real Utopias in Higher Education

Juha Suoranta, Robert FitzSimmons

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    In this article we search for real utopias for higher education by first
    introducing and describing a vital counter-hegemonic students movement of
    the early 1960s – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and their Port
    Huron Statement (1962). The movement maintained that universities are not
    communities of equals but served the elite. In the statement they highlighted the
    various socio-political problems within the United States that ought to be
    solved and demanded that higher education needed to be something more than
    a mere status and reproduction apparatus for the privileged. After describing
    the Port Huron Statement, we ponder its lessons and legacy as well as its
    implications for the present moment and for the future of higher education as a
    public good. We urge a new statement as a real utopia and an era of
    intellectual collectivism for today’s students and their teachers—an era that
    would also cause them to embrace the greater world, to take a deep look at
    their own position in society, and look uncomfortably but hopefully at the
    world they will inherit.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)275-297
    JournalJournal for Critical Education Policy Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Higher education
    • Korkeakoulutus
    • opiskelijaliike
    • student movement
    • utopias
    • utopiat

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