Print this Why Africana History? John Henrik Clarke Africa and its people are the most written about and the least understood of all of the world's people. This condition started in the 15th and the 16th centuries with the beginning of the slave trade system.
Schools fail mandate on black history, panel says December 10, By Dave Weber, Orlando Sentinel Florida schools may have been desegregated 40 years ago, but the curriculum still is not integrated, says a statewide panel studying how African-American history fits into the classroom.
Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake are among 59 school districts statewide that may not adequately represent black contributions in subjects ranging from art and English to math, science and social studies, says the Florida Task Force on African American History. Only Volusia and seven other school districts have met the group's standards, developed to measure whether the schools are following state law requiring black history to be taught.
It is not a moral issue. It is not a feel-good issue," said Patrick Coggins, a Stetson University professor who serves on the task force authorized through the Florida Department of Education and funded by the Legislature.
Coggins said a lawsuit against the state may be the only way to force districts to infuse black history throughout the curriculum. A Tallahassee civil-rights group, the Inter-Civic Council, is considering one.
At issue is whether the school districts are meeting requirements of a Florida law that says schools must teach black history "and the contributions of African Americans to society.
Lawton Chiles, saying African-American students often lack a sense of their culture's place in America's development because it is overlooked in school. For example, a middle-school math problem built around famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart's final flight could just as well feature a flight by the Tuskegee Airmen, the famous World War II black bomber pilots, under the task force's plan.
The districts say black history is being taught adequately, but the task force is not convinced. Orange is sensitive about the issue because it still has not resolved a school-desegregation lawsuit in the courts for more than four decades. But task-force members say too often the schools' interpretation of the law is "token" Black History Month observances in the schools each February.
Black history needs to be all year and infused through all subjects, they say. Just as shortsighted are "black emphasis" courses that may enroll a dozen students in a school of 3, they say.
Walt Griffin, supervisor of Seminole high schools, agrees that "black history should be threaded through our curriculum and not only taught during Black History Month. The Department of Education agrees. She pointed to Volusia and seven other school districts, including Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Pinellas, that have met the task force's "exemplary school district" standards for instruction of African-American history.
Teacher training, which is still in progress in Volusia, is important, too, Caros and others say, if the infusion of black history is to be successful.One thing is for sure: This dynamic, distinctive variety--thoroughly intertwined with African American history and linked in many ways with African American literature, education, and social life--is one of the most extensively studied and discussed varieties of American English and it will probably continue to be so for many years to come.
Dilemmas in Teaching African American History Robert L.
Harris Jr. | Nov 1, A central paradox of the black experience in America is that it has been a separate entity, .
The African and African American History Infusion Curriculum is a means through which the African American experience will be taught. The curriculum will emanate from a culturally diverse perspective, pro-actively utilizing current methodologies and technologies.
Of course, Black History should be a part of curriculum in schools.
It is evident that Black History is a history that of oppression,evil and discrimination. Young people in schools must be taught that color of skin is not a criterion for superiority. Considering that Native Americans were the first people on this continent, it should stand to reason that American Indian history, art, folk tales, literature, religion, and language would be accorded the proper coverage, respect, and accuracy in textbooks.
The information presented in this unit is suitable for a variety of college-level courses, especially African American History and Culture and Multicultural Education, but also Introduction to.