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James Baldwin’s Lessons for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil (Clint Smith III)

It’s this focus on history that rearranged my thinking. In Baldwin’s view, it is the only thing that can help disabuse black children of the stereotypes that have been projected onto their community—and it is necessary for white children, too, who oftentimes serve as the purveyors of these myths, and who do not know the truth about their history, either.

A teacher, Baldwin believed, should push students to understand that the world was molded by people who came before, and that it can be remolded into something new.

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