Margaret Mead delivers the opening keynote address at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in November 1972. The theme of the conference is "To Be a Full Human Being," which derives from a quote from Mead. In the speech she addresses the enormous number of breaks between today's children and the traditions of the past, but that this is "because of the breaks that are in us," and that in order to be a complete human being, they must fully participate in all kinds of learning. She ends her speech by reading a poem by a poor, handicapped child who attended the Cradle Lake day camp.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.