Radical Counter-Education Posters From 1970s


During the Vietnam war and the counterculture movements of the ’60s and ’70s, new ideas on education began to circulate, connecting education with avant-gardism and postmodernist art. Sociologists Maurice Stein and Larry Miller wrote the Blueprint for Counter Education to revolutionize the education system and make traditional universities obsolete — mostly through bright-red posters tracking the connections between Freud, Marx, Modernism, and Postmodernism. The expanded and reprinted version of

“Surrounded by charts, the participant will be confronted by ideas and issues that compel him to interact with everything going on around him — from movies, to riots, to political campaigns,” the introduction reads. “There is no text book, no syllabus, no final exam; and the ‘faculty’ includes Marcuse, McLuhan, Eldridge Cleaver, and Jean-Luc Godard. THE REVOLUTION BEGINS HERE.” Click ahead to see the collage charts and provocative posters that tried to uproot the ideals of traditional education.

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