One can see it everywhere the student uprising. It has almost become a symptom of times In France, Japan, West Germany, Mexico, Egypt and England students have become politically conscious. In some countries they have expressed their sentiments in a peaceful manner. In others the expression has taken a violent turn. Student revolts are not a new phenomenon. They occurred in Europe throughout the 19th century and after the conclusion of the two world wars. What is new about them is the almost international character they have assumed and the fact that they are far better organized than ever before.
The modern young men are drifting from the accepted moral values and traditions everywhere in the world. In the beginning they showed their defiance in dress and advocated personal freedom. Now they have resorted to violence. They bring out processions address meetings and clash with the police. Their expression of revolt takes different shapes speed songs against war song for love long hair weird dress. They go by different names such as teddy boys, Hippies, Yippies, and Crazies. Everywhere in the world they have been fighting for change. Parents sociologists and psychologists are asking the same question. Where is today's generation leading to? Why are they different from their forefathers?
First the modern youth's reaction is against the autdated social and political structure. They desire to a decent world not only for themselves but for every human being. They are the strongest supporters of international understanding. More and more protests against war are being made by them They see horror in war dread in bloodshed disgust in color discrimination. They are the most vehement exponents of peace and equality. Their starting point is usually the condemnation of modern materialistic civilization. In the large interest of humanity they discard hypocrisy in politics and other walks of life.
Secondly on the education side they want to participate in their education. The vast majority of university and college students today are more informed. They are more widely read and better educated. They are more sensitive to moral issue and the matter of their rights. They demand an end to artificial barriers between the students and the teachers. The relations between the teacher and the taught have already broken down. The university has already become a faceless factory. The professors are unapproachable the students is no more than a number on a computer card there is over discipline and strict rules and regulations. Academic Departments have upheld outdated courses of study. Demand for a greater student voice have gone unanswered. Under these circumstances a reaction is natural.
Lastly owing to unemployment and economic disturbances socialism is growing popular among the modern youth. It is the philosophy of violence and revolutions. Under its influence the modern young men have come out in the field to overthrow governments and set up a new state.