TEACHING THE TRUTH AND THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

By Dr. CONRAD W. WORRILL (August 30, 2001)

The movement to implement an appropriate African Centered Curriculum in predominately African American inner city schools is critical to the on–going struggle for the liberation of African people in this country.

With the opening of a new school year, across America, we must continue to examine the importance of the movement that has now become popularly known as the African Centered Education Movement. Simply stated, this movement focuses on teaching the truth concerning the contributions of African people to the development of civilization in all subjects.

Throughout the country, African Americans are now becoming more sensitive to challenging white supremacy and the racist basis of the American public school curriculum.

Through the National Black United Front (NBUF), and its World African Centered Education Plan, more African Americans are beginning to see the need for massive curriculum change in the public schools of this country.

There is not a day that goes by that someone does not call our office seeking information and help on how to start the process of changing the curriculum in their school. Parents are becoming more and more dissatisfied with what their children are being taught. They are also beginning to realize how much isn’t being taught.

It is clear that the public school system is the place where African American children receive a significant portion of their view of the world and the history of the world. And, it is also a place where large numbers of African American youth are miseducated under the system of white supremacy through the ideas and interpretation of history that is presented to them.

Let’s turn to Carter G. Woodson’s great book, The Miseducation of the Negro, to get some furthers insights into this problem.

Woodson observes, "...the so–called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker people."

For example, Woodson says, "...the philosophy and ethics resulting from our educational system have justified slavery, peonage, segregation and lynching. The oppressor has the right to exploit, to handicap, and to kill the oppressed."

Continuing on, Woodson explains, "No systematic effort toward change had been possible for, taught the same economics, history, philosophy, literature, and religion which have established the present code of morals, the Negro’s mind has been brought under the control of his oppressor."

Concluding on this point, Woodson states, "The problem of holding the Negro down, therefore, is easily solved. When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions."

Therefore, it is inspiring to see so many of our people waking up all over America and seeking the truth concerning the real contributions of African people to the world.

Through study groups, conferences, Black talk radio, and information network exchanges, African Americans are coming into a new African consciousness that seeks to reclaim the African mind and spirit.

Through the Portland Model Baseline essays, the work of the Kemetic Institute, and other writings and curriculum materials, Africans are much more aware of the following points that must be incorporated in the curriculum:

  1. Africa is the home of early man.
  2. Africa is the cradle of modern man.
  3. Africa is the cradle of civilization.
  4. Africa once held a position as world teacher, including the teacher of the western world.
  5. There was and still is a continental wide cultural unity in Africa and in the African communities around the world.
  6. The first time Africans left the continent was not on slave ships.
  7. Africa and African people all over the world have been under siege for nearly 2,000 years and only recently by European slavery and colonization.
  8. There is an African diaspora all over the world today.
  9. African people have always resisted domination on the continent and all over the world.
  10. Even under the systems of slavery, colonization, segregation, and apartheid, African people have made monumental contributions to the arts, sciences, technologies, and politics.

These ten points, and others, have become the basis upon which we can judge the white supremacy public school curriculum content in textbooks and other learning materials.

In other words, these points have become the basis of determining whether the truth is being taught in the public schools of this country.

The Truth will set us free!

  
National Chairman
National Black United Front (NBUF)


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