Monday, October 29, 2012

How Can We Best Educate Black Children?

This is a great podcast from The Wilmer Leon Show.  

Wilmer Leon's guests were two educators who talked about their experiences of teaching Black children in the school system.  

Some of their experiences underline what I keep saying:  we need to learn from each other internationally.  For example, one of the guests talked about the fact that he went into teaching Special Education, only to find out that a lot of Black children are being put into that category.  

The same thing happened here in the UK in the 1960s and 70s, when Black children were often labelled "educationally sub-normal".  Nowadays, exclusions are often used to deny our children an education.  

Another point the guests made was that Black boys are often being raised by women, and they come into the classroom to find themselves being taught by women.  So where do they learn to be men?  Where are their male role models? 

The presenter also makes the point that HBCUs do not teach their students some crucial Black literature.  You can graduate from Harvard without having read Carter G. Woodson's The Miseducation of the Negro or Ivan van Sertima's They Came before Columbus

This podcast was very rich.  You need to hear it.  Click here to listen

And always, always Remember Your Greatness.  


Prospector said...

Hey, thanks for posting this podcast. The education of our Black children is a topic that urgently needs to be addressed. In my opinion, those of us who are aware of our history, must take the education of our children in our own hands, even if this means we have be holding classes on evenings and weekends, designing or own programs in community organizations as well as presenting our history and culture through the arts by supporting these endeavors.

Zhana21 said...

I completely agree. We need to take responsibility for the education of our children, whether it is setting up our own courses and schools, making the existing schools accountable to Black families and communities, or both.