Multicultural Education: Does The Negro Need Separate Schools?

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Multicultural Education I was born and raised in a small Midwestern town that was predominantly white. To see a member of a different race was a rare occurrence. All throughout my elementary, junior high, and high school career, I was able to count the number of African American students on one hand, and I had never even met an Asian American student. Hispanic students were a bit more common, but still only a handful compared to the masses of white students. It was always rather awkward for that person in my class who was labeled as "the black kid" or "the Hispanic kid" when issues of race would appear in our texts. After I graduated from high school, I moved to a bigger city to attend a large college, and I received a major wake up call.…show more content…
The most prominent viewpoints on the matter come from western traditionalists, afro-centric groups, and multiculturalists. Should black history be observed alongside western history in schools? Each group would give a different answer, and each of their viewpoints have affected school curriculums and textbooks throughout the years. W.E.B. DuBois was an African American college professor who felt he had been cheated out of a proper education because his school system did not teach black history. In his article entitled "Does the Negro Need Separate Schools?", DuBois stated that he hardly knew anything about his own culture until he started university. Even though DuBois lived a few decades ago, the same problems he experienced are still around today in many school systems including the one I was brought up in, and I believe that it’s preventing accurate worldviews from being…show more content…
Knowledge of one’s own culture and the cultures of different people is key in creating active, caring citizens, and schools play a huge role in constructing that knowledge. Stereotypes must be targeted and exterminated. Teachers must be careful when expanding a lesson with real life examples, so as not to show unconscious bias. In the French film “Entre Les Murs” which was released in 2008, a high school teacher was scolded by his class, which was predominantly black, for always using “white” names in his examples. He hadn’t been purposely using “white names,” it was simply a product of unconscious bias, but he unknowingly hurt the feelings of some of his students by making them feel left

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