James Baldwin on Education

Kudos to YouTube user youwhohear for editing parts of this longer discussion with the great James Baldwin  at UC Berkeley in 1974 into a few salient remarks about the crisis of education in the U.S. in  1974. What’s remarkable to me is how little the crisis has changed in almost 40 years. And how clearly Baldwin seems to see the issues surrounding education in relationship to corporate greed, racist institutions, and the attempts to try hanging all of a society’s problems on the backs of schools.  He briefly mentions a movement in the NYC schools from about 1970-1973 in which the approach was seemingly liberated and more positive, but I’m not sure specifically what he is referring to. Does anyone out there?

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2 Responses to James Baldwin on Education

  1. Lisa M Lane says:

    Did a little historical digging and found this archive — might be your answer for New York schools 1970-73: http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/collections/education/scribner.shtml

  2. Reverend says:


    You are awesome, that has to be it, now to find out more about Scribner….you rock!!! Thank you!

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