THE MALE MINORITY REPORT
MessinaThere is no doubt that the educational system of our country is presentlyunder intensive review. Concerned students and progressive educators, moderates and radicals alike, are actively protesting many of the antiquated educational policies
in our schoolsand colleges.! It is important to note,however, that these people are notattempting to mitigate the importance orintegrity of our system, but rather initiate reforms
progress and betterment Although their tactics are extremeand fanatical at times, their intentions
for the most part, genuine. Essentially our educational
capable ofbeing a motivating and inspiring facet ofAmerican life. But to let it stagnate andrefuse to change it is doing a great injustice to the people, to ourselves, and tothe future of our country.The primary technique or methodin contemporary education is
The important question one mustconsider is whether it is the best method.
objection to the lecture is thatit creates^ situation where the student isrelegated to the role of a passive listener.In this type of atmosphere the studentreally doesn't have much time to thinkand to express himself because his learning experience consists essentially oflistening, to other people. He becomes arecorder of information not a thinker. It
in effect, training not learning. Sufficeit to say, students spend an undueamount of time memorizing recordingsfor the sole purpose of reproducinglecture material to pass examinations.
in an exaggerated sense, the educatoris doing nothing more than playing arhetorical game,
student seeksclues on how he can more productivelyplay the game.
by Rochelle GeorgeWhy weren't there more candidpictures of blacks fraternizing togetherin the Mercyhurst college yearbook. Theonly major attribute we received for theMercyhurst fall production
THEBLACKS ... masks. Now what the hamsandwich does that mean? I was in theplay and this vague statement awed me.Why couldn't they have placed picturestaken from the rehearsal in the yearbookto
a little color on the situation." When I did inquire, I was toldthat the staff did not accept
pictures only black and
youcan imagine how I took that
This production was the first attempt bythe Mercyhurst
Theatre and thenewly
Association of BlackCollegiates to bring the
problems of blacks to
just for the record, we readbooks
library. We sleep
teachers. We participate inItalian Night, Polish Night, HalloweenNight. We lay on our beds in our roomsand study. We wear curlers in our hair.We laugh - we cry.Out of
pictures in the year
black girls were only in 3. And outof eight of us on campus, at that
to qualify for "candid"photos.May the oblong thigh of Africaraz your daz.The seminar or the discussion
which is now playing a secondaryrole in education, will perhaps come to
in the near future. In thistype of atmosphere the student and professor will be able to establish a positivedialogue. The emphasis will be put onindependent study! with professionalassistance and guidance from
teacher. Only then will the student beginto play a viable role in his education.Not only will he listen to the ideas andopinions, expressed' by his teachers andhis peers,|but more important, he willbegin to formulate conceptions of hisown.The present reform movement in
concept of discovery. Discovery is
essence rearranging or transforming ideasin such a way as to go beyond by formulating new insights. This can only occurwhen the student-teacher relationship isone of cooperation, where the studenttakes part in discussion and is able toexpress
ideas. The naturalexploratory nature of man is unmistakably a
impetus to the learningprocess.
the school in many casesdisrupts the discovery behavior of thestudent. Typically, learning takes placein an environment where the teacherdecides the mode, pace, and style of thelearning |experience. Consequently, thestudents' role is that of passive listener.And by* the teacher's manipulation ofthe content, the conceptual alternativesin the mind of the listener are usuallyrestricted.
by Sr. RaymondAnyone who writes
publication, writes for the express purpose of beingheard. And one thing which is calculated to gain an audience is to comment on theintended reader. So my topic will be students
of the young adult, or nearly so,variety..They include both the male and female of the species. These are the peoplewith whom I have worked some twenty-odd
I can truthfully say that this workhas been so stimulating and rewarding that I would be loathe to give it up. This mustsay, then, that students are essentially good and interesting people.
they be good and interesting people? They are at the pointin their lives where they are realizing that they not only have existence, but apersonal
create and other lives to help build. As they go
so goes thefuture. So they study the humanities and the sciences to
the tools and the skillsto do their creating and their building. History tells about the world man has made,but leaves no doubt that it is man's to make
for better or for worse. Literaturereflects the personal struggles, with triumphs and defeats, that have pieced togetherthe fabric of history and presents arguments that bid for the acceptance or rejectionof particular philosophies of life. Art recalls some triumphs, some near triumphs, andsome abortive fragments of human creation.
yielding up the secrets ofcreation, testifies that man, though small in size, can encompass the universe with hismind. Technology offers the opportunity; to free man for a more fruitful life, but atthe same time presents the temptation to lapse into indolence and the surrender ofthe creative process. What a challenging thing it is to be a student!!
it is also a great deal of bother to try to fit it all together. It is so mucheasier to concentrate upon a small portion of the picture and students of each decadeseem prone to view some small part as the whole. Presently the portion which seemsto preoccupy some is the march of despair down the
o Nihilism. They aresuccumbing to the somber, but fascinating tune of the piper and
joining the grimprocession rather than trying to divert it. Being caught in this lock-stop deprives themof the freedom to go where they will.True education must always try to break the spell which demands concentration on so small a part and recall the fuller picture to the attention of the studentso he may find where he truly fits into the whole. Building a life this way is anawesome thing, but not a
thing and its joys and sorrows alikecontribute to the making of the real person.
Whether you;, are preparing foryour first departure from the city of Erieto the place
call home, or if home isnow a mere pitstop of emotions, leavingvia commercial transportation
aterrifying but mind expanding experi
This past summer I was partly living in a bookstore somewhere in Gren-wich Village, and I found something thatwas really living there. Howl and OtherPoems by Allen Ginsberg, occupied a topshelf in a dark corner. As
on thefloor and read the poem "In the BaggageRoom at Greyhound," I couldn't helpbut associate the terminal described
the similar one I've known for the pastfour years; a Greyhound terminal thatMercyhurst students never escape. Ginsberg captured many of the feelings thatstudents call their own
can neverseem to adequately express; Before youdepart from
month, try tocure a copy of this poem and keep it inmind while waiting for plane, bus, ortrain. Stare through your own eyeglassesat millions of weeping relatives, harriedcommuters, semi-paralyzed old folk, andthose rushing off to see their loved ones
When student radicals rise up jactively protest an issue, the
Americans are appalled. They consithese
traitors who are undoubtedly
against the country. That is, this
is more of a detrement to
heritage than it is a great loyalty.
only is this type of attitude narrow!subjective, but moreover it is the
danger to America. Dissent, for a
structive purpose, is the greatest
one can perform for his country.
it holds the key to the future of
United States. It
made;America a gn
democratic nation, and its
tinue to be a great nation.The activist, in particular,
protesting that there is an
authoritarianism in our system
tion. They contend this authority
by the overt rigidity
former historical periods, but rather fbenevolent authority where
supersede genuine attempts to
students to learn. That does not
education harbors an irrational authoity, but more often this authority
rational and not repressive in
Yet, its presence even in a
degree is not the best environment
which to develop intellectually.
label the teaching profession as
in character is wholly unwarranted,
in many instances and in varying
It is evident that I have
ated and oversimplified the
this essay. But essentially, or at
some degree, the ideas presented
valid and definitely need to be
Iin the future.
all the arguments relative to the situatio
and perhaps I
treat the subject:
objectively as I could have, but
intention was only to present
education. To label teachers as
to criticize the lecture as inhibiting,
say that the authority element in eduction is repressive, and to refer |education in general as a rhetorical
is a grave injustice. However,
elements do exist in some degree
varying intensities. Hopefully the
varying intensities. Hopefullylearning environment in
schools will stress creativity not
tion, individual humanism not
itarianism, and above all more
and less listening.
the holidays. Haven't you too, tflGinsberg, seen the cynical Red
counting quarters? Maybe the
Operating Clerk is not called Spade,
isn't he there all the same?
near the vicinity of the men's room
will, no doubt, be a "fairy Sam."Ha'
you ever really stopped to look at
Each suitcase is "full of
jrocking back and forth waiting to
opened ..." Buffalo, Cleveland,
St. Mary's, Unipntown, Pittsburgh,
ren - no difference. You know so manflbut so few. Forty other people, all aloof]like you.
Not all of Ginsberg's feelings,apply, but many are inescapable:... to hold the bags to send on
to carry our luggage from
to place looking for a bus to ride
back home to Eternity where the