New Education Principles 101 Textbook: New Education Principles 101 will revolve around a list of Educational Priorities and selected online essays. Find essays by scrolling down this page. Instructor: Mba Mbulu
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Class Assignment: Think seriously about the questions listed below.
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS FOR BLACK EDUCATORS TO CONSIDER
(1) Do you think it is important that Black individuals become
"the smartest, the most capable, the fittest and the most
efficient?" Are Black students likely to acquire those attributes
and use them to the advantage of Black People if they are educated
within the traditional United States educational context?
(2) Can education be used as a genocidal tool? In your opinion, has it been used in that manner against Black People in the United States?
(3) Why does the condition of balance or unbalance come into play in the education arena? In your opinion, is that a valid factor to consider? Explain.
(4) What is Black Studies? How can Black Studies become a viable primary education reality in the Black community? Does thinking of Black Studies as a complete curriculum open your thought processes to new probabilities?
(5) What does interest in the well-being of Black People have to do with alternative educational priorities?
(6) What is the difference between schooling and education? Explain how some educators have spearheaded the push toward schooling instead of education?
(7) What is the big difference between an well-educated person
and a well-schooled person? Why is one considered a likely threat
to a status quo but the other is not?
(8) Why should an alternative approach to education by Black People be dominated by the political conditions that have historically challenged Our people?
(9) Is the issue of language relevant to "alternative" education?
(10) To speak is to represent a culture, a value system, a way of life. For the most part, Black People are ashamed of the way they talk. Can a people who are ashamed of the way they talk do a fair job of assessing their language? Will their "elite", consciously or otherwise, misrepresent their language or make it more palatable to another standard?
(11) What is meant by the following quotation?
"Ebonics is not in search of America's public school system, it is in search of the Black Nation that it represents, that it has prophesized."
(12) Does the above quotation suggest that Ebonics should not be taught in Anerica's public school system?
(13) Generally, a people does not have to justify or legitimize
its language or way of talking. The legitimacy of the language
comes with its development. What, then, does the fact that Black
People are trying so hard to legitimize Ebonics or Black Talk
suggest about Our perception of Ourselves?
(14) Can a people who are ashamed of the way they talk do a fair job of assessing their intelligence? Will that people's "elite", consciously or otherwise, imitate others in order to substantiate their personal "intelligence"?
(15) Does it matter what white people think about the intelligence of Black People or a Black individual? As best as you can, respond to this question from the perspective of a colonized person and a person who has not been colonized.
(16) The essay on "Intelligence" makes at least two vital points that are crucial to the education of Black People. What do you think those points are?
(17) What does white people's opinion of the intelligence of Black People say about the intelligence of white people?
(18) Do traditional Black educators harbor doubts about the intelligence of Black students?
(19) Is it important that Black individuals think of Black
People as proper beings, proper nouns and proper pronouns?
(20) What can explain the motives of Black and white educators who are opposed to the capitalization of "Black People" and "Black" when it refers to Us as a People?
(21) A citation from Ten Lessons contrasts the philosophy of Black and white people. What does that have to do with capitalizing terms that are relevant to Black People?
(22) Capitalization of Black and Black People is "a simple adjustment to make, and it doesn't cost any money to implement. All We need to do is start doing it." Are Black educators likely to start doing it?
(23) Can something as simple as the capitalization of Black and Black People be relevant to Our education as a People?
(24) Charter schools are not as "evil" to Black People as the public school system has traditionally been. Is putting the education of young Blacks in the hands of the lesser of the evils good for the development of Our people?
(25) Do you agree that "Black People in America cannot
progress in essential ways as long as We are confined to white
America's comfort zone"?
(26) Do you agree that charter schools function, in a sinister way, to keep Black People from establishing independent Black schools?
(27) "Charter schools, as presently constructed, permit a variety of groups to use different processes to reach the same white power objective." What is meant by that statement?
(28) "The answer to Our educational needs are Black adults who are responsible and politically mature." What is meant by that statement?
(29) Does the concept of "smarter" have any essential value?
(30) Whose responsibility is it to educate Black People?
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