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By Peter C. Murrell Jr.

ISBN-10: 0791452913

ISBN-13: 9780791452912

Integrates the old, cultural, political, and developmental concerns of the African American event right into a idea for the academic success of African American children.

What can academics, directors, households, and groups do to create faculties that offer wealthy studying stories for African American young ones? in accordance with a severe reinterpretation of a number of key academic frameworks, African-Centered Pedagogy is a pragmatic consultant to complete instructing. Murrell indicates integrating the historic, cultural, political, and developmental issues of the African American adventure right into a unified method of guideline, bringing to mild these practices that exist already and linking them to modern principles and strategies that main issue powerful perform in African American groups. this is often then utilized via a case learn research of a faculty looking to comprise the unified thought and embody African-centered perform. Murrell argues that key academic frameworks—although presently useless with African American children—hold promise if reinterpreted.

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Moreover, it was the contrast between these two settings (the African American community teachers and the settings of public school) that triggered my development in exactly the sense that W. E. B. ” This educational experience helped to inoculate me against that which fractures the development and educational futures of so many African American boys and girls in the public schools. It is this experience, that Paulo Freire (1970) called “conscientization”—the growth to critical consciousness—that I propose we replicate for African American children in public schools as an essential part of their educational experience.

It is beyond dispute that the standardized testing industry is part of the mechanism of social inequality. Any system that participates in the sorting and selecting of children and their opportunities based upon some ostensibly “objective measure” of ability is, without question, a system that perpetuates inequality. The reason why these practices of standardized testing persist is because they are integral to the social and political fabric of America, and deeply woven into the same fabric in which the strands of institutional racism and white supremacy are interlaced.

For African American children and other children of color, the connected pedagogy must effectively challenge the hidden curriculum and expose the ways in which the African American experience is tacitly degraded in schools. W. E. B. DuBois, Carter Woodson, Mary McCleod Bethune, and Fredrick Douglass all affirmed the INTRODUCTION xxxv idea that connected pedagogy for African American children must be (as it has been for centuries) a fundamentally subversive activity with respect to the cultural values of education mainstream America.

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