“A Talk to Teachers” By James Baldwin
(Delivered October 16, 1963, as “The Negro Child – His Self –Image” originally published in The Saturday Review, December 21, 1963, reprinted in The Price of the Ticket, Collected Non Fiction 1948-1985, Saint Martins 1985.) Introduction:
This article discussed about the point of view of the author regarding the effect of education and educators on the truth that affects the life and the truth regarding the past which affects the future of an individual which I come to agree with as I analyze the idea and message he wants to convey to his readers. “The author stated what he thinks to be the entire purpose of education in the first place. According to him when a child is born, if he’s the child’s parent, it is his obligation and high duty to civilize that child. Man is a social animal. He cannot exist without a society. A society, in turn, depends on certain things which everyone within that society takes for granted. He added that the crucial paradox which confronts them is that the whole process of education occurs within a social framework and is designed to perpetuate the aims of society. Thus, given an example, the boys and girls who were born during the era of the Third Reich, when educated to the purposes of the Third Reich, became barbarians. The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions, to say to himself this is black or this is white, to decide for himself whether there is a God in heaven or not. To ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his own identity. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around. What societies really, ideally, want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of...
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