Heritage: Property that descends to an heir; something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor; legacy, inheritance; tradition; something possessed as a result of one’s natural situation or birth. Webster’s
On Monday, November 14, 2016, from 5pm to 7pm, in the Auditorium Room at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue, the Rochester Teacher’s Association, in conjunction with the Rochester City School District will host, Dr. Adelaide L. Sanford, Vice Chancellor Emerita, NYS Board of Regents who will present, “Teaching Children of African Heritage: A Talk to Parents and Teachers”. Teachers will receive two PD credits for attending.
It is interesting to think that today’s children have any knowledge or understanding of their “African Heritage” since we don’t teach them any in-depth knowledge about slavery.
It is questionable whether children from Africa remember their heritage after suffering centuries of genocide, apartheid, war, famine, assimilation, and evolution.
Attendees will learn about a culture that was long ago forgotten as the world changed and economics became the ruling influence.
It is important that we look to the past to remember who we are as a people. However, the very fact that we are singling out a certain group of children as part of a special discussion on how to understand them and teach them differently attests to the fact that these children are seen differently, not belonging to the norm, by most everyone in America today.
The more those imagined differences are expressed, the more bias is created in the minds of those who are teaching them.
It is important that we learn to respect the many cultures and traditions that American children possess but that is not the purpose of this seminar.
When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, experiential education, founded in the Arts, that seeks to discover, develop, and direct their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, we will then have created a system of education that concentrates on educating children to become self-confident, critical thinkers, who will take pride in becoming tomorrow’s leaders, regardless of their heritage.
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