Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Teachers fired for teaching African-American history at Howard University Middle-School?

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.
Carter G Woodson
This just in:
Students walked out of a Washington, D.C., charter school on Monday to protest the treatment of three teachers they believe were punished for teaching too much black history.
All three of the social studies teachers at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science resigned last week, and students said the principal confronted them in front of students, parents said.
The teachers were then escorted out of the building. source

Something is very awry at Howard University middle-school.
Before the rant:
Let me emphatically state for the record, history of African Americans is not just black history, it is American history and should be universally taught in all of our schools.
How can you teach about the Revolutionary War, Continental Congress, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, George Washington, Civil War , Abraham Lincoln, Harlem Renaissance and the 1950's to 1960's Civil Rights movement without mentioning historical African American figures and storylines?
You can't do it without omitted huge chunks of events that have indelibly shaped the social, political, geographical and cultural landscape of our country.
But at the end of the day (this seems to be the new catch phrase) what makes this such an egregious offense: This charter school is run by the most famous historical black university in the world -- Howard University.
It's bad enough when Tea Party thinking folks want to marginalize African Americans and African American history, but it is inexcusable when a Howard University -- affectionately called the black Harvard -- seemingly green lights the white-out of our contributions to mankind.
At press time, the NAACP DC chapter is launching an investigation.

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