Education, Economic Growth, and Politics in the Modern South, Part 2 of 2

How do governors of four Southern states account for the historical disparities between education and economic growth in the region? What are some policies they are using in 1983 to remedy historical political inequities regarding the connections between education and economic growth in the South? Lamar Alexander, Pierre S. du Pont IV, James B. Hunt, Jr., and Charles S. Robb discuss these and other questions.

In the second segment [18:40],  Dewey W. Grantham discusses the history, present status, and future prospects of education in the South.

At the time of this interview, the guests were members of the National Task Force on Education for Economic Growth convened by the Education Commission of the States, which met in the Research Triangle Park, N.C., May 4-6, 1983. Hunt, governor of North Carolina, chaired the ECS and cochaired the task force along with Frank Cary, chairman of IBM, and du Pont, governor of Delaware. Alexander was governor of Tennessee and Robb was governor of Virginia.

Grantham, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1982-1983), was professor of history at Vanderbilt University.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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