Speech at the Dedication of Mt. Providence Junior College, Baltimore, Maryland

September 12, 1966


Baltimore, MD

What is our educational commitment? In principle, our commitment has been that every child should have an adequate education. But if we mean our commitment— if we mean that every child shall learn— then we must be willing to change a system which does not work, and find one which does . . . How can we reach this universal commitment? First, we must not only make available opportunities for all of them to learn—we must make them seem available. Far too often in our society, the school, the college or the university seem, to the poor, remote and inaccessible. With its formal structure, its “downtown” language and phrases—it seems forbidding, powerful and alien. Too often, it is. To change this, we must reapproach the whole question of cooperation among educational institutions. Here, we are not discussing an arrangement for sharing of faculties, or even of students, but rather of fundamental rearrangements