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Colleges are a Great Medium for Social Awareness I believe universities and community colleges are the most advantageous sites for advancing social awareness and to foster change Prior to reading the Gitlin book The Sixties and The Port Huron Statement PHS from the Students for a Democratic Society SDS I had a difficult time formulating an opinion about student activism After reading the PHS I developed a greater understanding about the Free Speech Movement by the SDS during the 1960s I have also heard comments from family members about their perceptions of the 60s and the Free Speech Movement Politics is always a topic of debate and people often reserve their comments for discussion at home since it can trigger very strong feelings and arguments I feel there are a few factors which impact whether or not a college student will become interested or participate in efforts to affect social change A students educational background affluence and influence are just a few of the characteristics that I will discuss to support my opinion First I feel a persons educational background is very important Attending a college or university not only involves a student taking the required general education courses and the courses for his major but it also teaches discipline Many of the required courses may seem like they are unnecessary for the students field of study but they influence who that student will become a well rounded individual Being a student requires discipline to arrive to class on time participate in class discussions develop critical thinking skills complete assignments and pass tests to evaluate how much the student has learned and is able to retain These are critical tasks that students will be asked to perform in their profession and with the community at-large So although a college degree is the goal it is more important to learn the skills to become an active participant in society Many students do not take
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