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Originally posted by umbrarchist:
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I get so very tired of people suggesting that we "do away" with the educational system, then turn right around and wonder why Black children are not performing academically on par with other children. These very same people are often the least likely to do anything about the problems they observe in our nation's education system.


Where did I say do away with the educational system?

I put together a reading list which you haven't said much about except criticise that some people might object to BLACK MEN: OBSOLETE, SINGLE, DANGEROUS? When I pointed to that website with that model engine you said I should be working with the tech people at your school. It is like you only approve of things that already fit into your vision of education.

My reading list is still there:

http://africanamericansovereignty.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=13

Want to suggest any additions?

umbrarchist

http://africanamerica.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/791602...081099853#5081099853


That is a very interesting list of books especially as framed in the context of relevant knowledge. As you note, the issue is what constitutes relevant. I think that each of us probably has a canon of books that we think are the most relevant, or perhaps contributed the most to who we are and how we understand the world.

With respect to education, I think that it is not necessarily the content that may be the most important, but it is the pedagogy. Students do need a knowledge base, but they also need to learn critical thinking skills. I am not sure that most large university do this well, although I am sure that there are exceptions. I know as a math and physics major at Vanderbilt eons ago, I got none of this.

It is now my opinion that liberal arts colleges tend to do a better job in this respect. For three years I taught a freshman seminar on justice at a college in the midwest. My goal in this course was to not give people answers, but to challenge their assumptions and to present alternatives to which they had never been exposed. Students got mad, angry, broke down in tears on field trips, and on one occasion, a parent contacted the college president because of something we exposed the students. So I knew we were on the right track.
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