Black People : African History in Philidelphia Schools/Grad. Requirement

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  1. pdiane

    pdiane Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    USA Today

    Posted 6/9/2005 10:10 AM



    Philadelphia schools to require African history class
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — City high school students will be required to take a class in African and African American history to graduate, a move that education experts believe is unique in the nation.
    The requirement in the 185,000-student district, which is about two-thirds black, begins with September's freshman class, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday.

    The yearlong course covers subjects including classical African civilizations, civil rights and black nationalism, said Gregory Thornton, the district's chief academic officer. The other social studies requirements are American history, geography and world history.

    Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, an advocacy group for big city school districts, said Philadelphia appeared to be in the forefront with such a requirement.

    "Courses on the subjects are offered as electives in other cities," he said.

    Some parents opposed requiring the course, including Miriam Foltz, president of the Home and School Association at Baldi Middle School.

    "There are other races in this city," said Foltz, who is white. "There are other cultures that will be very offended by this. How can you just mandate a course like this?"

    While acknowledging it would be better to have courses adequately reflecting all cultures, district officials said African and African American history had been neglected too long.

    "We have a whole continent that has been absent from most of our textbooks," said Paul Vallas, the district's chief executive officer.


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    You go Philly!
     
  2. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    One Word: Fantastic! Actually I have Two more words: Long Overdue!
     
  3. Isaiah

    Isaiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Man, oh, Man, how did I look past this, my sister elder???!!! All america direly needs THIS - and we should make it mandatory all over the country in schools with majority African descended populations... We know white folks are going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming from behind the curtain of truth, but we'll just have to resign ourselves to doing just that... It is always so interesting how those people who are first in line to say they marched alongside us during the Movement, are the first to protest anything which does not jibe with what their idea of an education for us African people should be... Y'all know who dem people is I'm talking about, don'tcha???(smile!) They are as racist as the KKK when they wanna be...

    Peace!
    Isaiah
     
  4. Ledda

    Ledda Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is great! I would hope many other cities and states would follow very soon. Wishful thinking, I know. I'm from Topeka, KS where the Brown vs. the Board of Education trial was started. You would think KS would also require black history, especially after recently having the first black mayor in KS, and the presentation a couple years ago that President Bush attended making the old black Monroe school Linda Brown attended as a child a historic landmark and now the Brown vs. the Board of Education Museum, but to no avail.
     
  5. Therious

    Therious Banned MEMBER

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    Thats whats up!

    I wish they had this in my school when i was coming up.
     
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