Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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Do you know what your children learn in school about Black History?

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Do you know what your children are learning in school about black history

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As a teacher for many years I have worked in the inner city of the most hardened neighborhoods where all hope seemed to be lost. It is very rare that you find some students that know the significance of why we celebrate Black History Month, and what it all means to the African American race.

I am not sure how many times I've asked, "who freed the slaves?" and the answers have been "Martin Luther King Jr."

I would cringe at the response because the students were as serious as a heart attack. Over the years, I tried my best to weave certain aspects of history into my classroom. Not just African-American history but how we played a part of history period. As a parent and an educator, I would give my daughter the lesser known people that played a role in history.

Schools are only required to teach the Top Five... Martin, Malcolm, Harriet, Madame CJ, George Washington Carver. Well at least those are the ones I learned about the most in school. The curriculum needs to reflect the former and current power players in history.

I have given feedback to many of my fellow educators on ways to make sure it is included, not only in the month of February, but throughout the school year.

I enjoy that the Tom Joyner Morning Show has a link to the website 365 Black. Each day they give a fact about an African-American man or women. This is a great way to get your child educated on African-American history.

I charge you with the importance of all historical figures and how African-Americans have and continue to contribute to the society. Believe me in the long it will be more than just educational knowledge; it will be life long lessons.

Suggestions for supplemental information

A Kid's Guide to African American History: More than 70 Activities (A Kid's Guide series)

Black History: A Retrospective

1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History

Common Core Standards and Black History Month: A Thematic Guide to Black History in Literature and Informational Texts for Middle School Educators

Book of Black Heroes from A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers for Young Readers

Until the Next


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