Getting warmed up. . . Forget about the fact that this is Disney. Here’s a fictional depiction of the era inwhich Baldwin wrote. (ps—you really should watch the whole film)
who on earth is james baldwin? why are we studying him in this class? i thought we we going to learn about education? all valid questions, except there were more figures important to the Civil Rights movement than MLK Jr. & Rosa Parks read baldwin’s bio
Do you take equality for granted? What affects my racial viewpoints? DO I SEE the world through a Where Iprivileged status? grew up Have I ever been “othered”? Think race issues have gone away? Religious / Especially that Obama is President? Spiritual My school experiences Think schools are segregated today? Upbringing Hear it from Baldwin’s contemporary, Langston Hughes My Economic My race Status
to what end education? Students in the past have criticized this question, often complaining it is incomplete—that it lacks a fullness. I, however, like the openness it encourages. If James Baldwin were to answer this question, what would he say? Find a passage from “A Letter to Teachers” that addresses “to what end education.” Really, take some time and do that now. You will be asked to write about it on the discussion forum.
an interview OK. Take a moment. What What has baldwin taught you have you learned? What about the “multicultural” was going on in our country foundations of our schools? that made our schools so sick?James Baldwin live . . . Listen to race in his words. . . . Who is to be held accountable?What are YOU going to do when you arefaced with teaching students whoinevitably will see you as privileged and Here’s the answer: BUILDwho won’t respect you? Are you ready for TRUSTthat shock?
How far have we come?Since the publication of “A Talk to Teachers,” 1963 Read this first Read this second
How far have we come? Since the publication of “A Talk to Teachers,” 1963 OK. Here’s another angle. You might be saying to yourself, “Well, our schools are not segregated anymore. At least we have come that far.” Please read this report. I know it is academic (but you’re in graduate school), and it is damning. Download the full text and take the time to read it. Think about the race issues Baldwin discussed.
How far have we come?OK. Was that too deep? Check out what’s happening in my part of thewoods across the Hudson. (By the way: Westchester & Rockland AREJUST LIKE BERGEN COUNTY!)If you cannot view the article, you need to become a member. Take the time to do so; it’s worth it.
james baldwin•What are MY expectations of how I willhandle the race issue in the classroom? •Will I be ready? •What did I gain from Baldwin? •What would he want from me as a teacher?
james baldwin Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. James A. BaldwinIt is very nearly impossible... tobecome an educated person in acountry so distrustful of theindependent mind. James A.Baldwin You know, its not theworld that was my oppressor, because what the world does to if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself. James A. Baldwin