The Student: New Opportunities and Responsibilities
The wave of student unrest that erupted in the late sixties, later leveling off, then declining, left its mark on secondary education. School leaders are far more sensitive to the aspirations, desires, interests, and needs of previously excluded or overlooked groups and individuals in the high schools. Student-centered innovations in high schools have entered a new era and adults find themselves listening more closely to student concerns, involving students in planning, considering student rights and responsibilities in a new light, and opening many more options and alternatives in secondary education.
While apathetic or alienated students became a matter of concern in the late sixties, activist students moved center stage during the height of the disruptive period. Activist students range along a continuum from moderate to radical. The moderate activists are more readily guided into constructive activities. They want more voice in decisions pertaining to curriculum and instruction, discipline, dress, grooming, and student activities. During the rebellious era, radical activists initiated revolutionary methods for satisfying their "demands" by disrupting the schools, defying