In February, the "School Reform Commission" voted to offer courses in African and African American history in the city's high schools. Last week, the district decreed that every high school student, beginning with September's freshman class, will be required to take a year-long course in African and African-American history. That course, tentatively slated for 10th grade, becomes one of the 23.5 units required for graduation and joins U.S. history, world history, and geography on the list of mandatory high-school social studies courses.
What are your thoughts?
Is African history not already taught in world history class in American schools?
Do you feel it's right as a tax payer to be told that your kids have to learn another country's (continent's) history before they will be allowed to graduate?
I guess I'm ambivalent since it's not my district. If the voters elected the commission and they don't like it they can vote them out. I would not support a whole year addition to the curriculum in my own district because there is so much other significant history that could be covered in a year's time.
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Well it's the way of the world now.
I think it's great to learn about other cultures, but as you say, it's already taught.
Personally I have more of an issue with the schools creating specific parents groups, such as the Asian Parents group, the African-American Parents group, and so on. When asked if a Caucasian Parents group could be added, the parent of one of my daughters friends was told it would be racist to do that... WTF?
I understand that specific segments of society may have different needs, but to allow several race specific groups, and not others, tells me we have swung way to far in our "political correctness"
Isn't the point of all this to stop racism? Why do we need to have race oriented groups? Why not just a Parents Group?
Black History month is standard, her school has also added Hispanic History month, Asian History month, and next year is also segmenting that into Hmong History month.....however no European History month will be allowed, as the school has said that "every month is white history month"
I thought we were supposed to be heading toward equality, not toward segregation.
Bah...time for home schooling.
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I guess depends on the school, but where I live yes there is a section in the book that is about African history (as well movies that go along with the book section).
Though I do not think we should be forced to pay taxes on the idea that the kids are forced to learn about another country. I personally like learning about other countries while I was in school, but I do not think a kid should be forced to learn or not pass school.
As I recall, the courses in world history I took freshman and sophmore year of high school were very much about Europe. Africa was included mainly in terms of how it related to Europe, i.e. Egypt, and later European colonialism in Africa. I suppose a more Afro-centric study of Africa would be good for really knowing history. One little problem I see is a possible shortage of real data about pre-colonial Africa. As it seems to be driven so much by politics, I suspect that there is likely to be a lot of politically correct retroactive mythology substituted for what native pre-colonial Africans didn't know how to write down.