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From 50 Years Ago: The Student Barometer

Vol IV, No 8 FEBRUARY 22, 1969

PRAGUE

The Student Barometer

Philip G Altbach

Students are often a microcosm of their societies. At present, the political mood and activities of Czech students reflect, or perhaps lead, the attitudes of Czech society at large. It is therefore useful to take a look at the current mood of students in Czechoslovakia. Student groups have been in the vanguard of reform politics in Czechoslovakia since the liberation, initiated in January 1968, and have been only partly halted by the Soviet intervention last August …

Czech politics is characterised by confusion, lack of an overall perspective or political programme, and internal dissension. At the same time there is an almost universal desire to preserve national sovereignty and a feeling that, under present conditions, political activities are limited to reacting to outside stimuli of various kinds …

Yet, like much of current Czech life, it is difficult to politically characterise the student movement. It has no blueprint for the future of society, and there are internal differences among the student leaders. Even before last August, the students did not have an ideological programme to fall back on, though they strongly supported an end to censorship, continuing democratisation of the various mass organisations, including their own movement, and in general the economic reforms of Professors Sik and Goldstucker.

Updated On : 22nd Feb, 2019

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