“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”Frantz Fanon
Recently student Isis Ohui posted a petition on Change.org requesting, “Arne Duncan: Include a Black History course in high schools around the United States!”
In his petition Mr. Ohui writes, “I strongly believe that having Black History classes in high schools will trim down the racism in our nation because every other race will understand how Blacks have contributed to the success of America. Having Black History classes will surely increase the respect level that other races have for African-Americans.
Every student of every race has to learn about U.S. History which in majority only covers the contributions of the white man and how they shaped America up to be great. The Black man did and has done a lot to make America great, too.”
America is supposed to be a country where freedom and justice for all prevails and yet we are not providing our children with a system of education that teaches the respect for all cultures necessary to obtain that equality.
The Common Core and Standardized testing are not the problem. The problem is a system of education that demoralizes and dehumanizes our children, making them believe that a test can determine their relevance to humanity.
As a society, we must concentrate on changing our current system of education so that it discovers, develops, and directs the gifts and talents of ALL children so that our entire world will benefit from the contributions of every culture and the unique perspective each group adds to the fabric of the human experience.
Our children must know and understand that they are more important than a test score or a “middle income” salary.
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