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It’s Debatable: October 4, 1968 - Student power

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There's a new phenomenon spreading through North American schools in 1968. It's called "student power." But what exactly is it? And is student power a good thing for society, or is it harmful? This is the subject of this 1968 episode of It's Debatable. Two students from Toronto's Malvern Collegiate are on the panel, along with Frank Balmer, principal of Toronto's Mackenzie Collegiate. As the debate progresses, the conversation also addresses whether or not high schools actually prepare students for the real world.

Medium: Radio
Program: It's Debatable
Broadcast Date: Oct. 4, 1968
Guest(s): Frank Balmer, Tim Johnson
Moderator: Elwy Yost
Duration: 29:18
Photo: Photographer: Terry Pearce / Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa

Did You know?


• This clip mentions an essay by Jerry Farber called "Student as Nigger." First published in 1967, this high-profile essay was controversial in its comparison of the relationship between a master and his black slave with the relationship between professors and students. Farber himself was a civil rights activist, so his use of the racist word "nigger" was not intended to denigrate black people; it was employed to add shock value to the article and underline the problems with the education system.


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