Education: Black Studies in Trouble

Should black studies programs stress historical and cultural subjects or satisfy the militants' craving for "revolutionary relevance"? Who should control them, the students, the faculty or the administration? These now-familiar issues have troubled the new programs everywhere that they are offered (TIME, Jan. 26). In California alone, friction between administrators, faculty members and black students has resulted in the resignations of department chairmen at both the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara campuses of the University of California; President S. I. Hayakawa has been at constant odds with the department at San Francisco State and has been threatening to close it down.


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