Black History and other cultures........

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Black History and other cultures........
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Sun, 02-12-2006 - 11:53pm

Okay, I have a question for my wonderful black and "non-black" colleagues. Do you study black history, native american history, asian american history, women's history,etc during specified times or all year long??

When it comes to a particular race or culture, do you study that group if they are NOT represented in your class? Be honest. I have often wondered if teachers who teach in a school that has little to no minorites study or celebrate diversity the way those of us who work in all black or mixed environments have to??

Not trying to be mean or disrespectful of anyone. Please answer honestly. I have worked in all black schools and worked in a half black/half hispanic school and at that school we had to celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Native American Heritage and Black History. So I am just curious to know.

GT34

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Mon, 02-13-2006 - 10:10am

I work in a diverse school district and the collection in our library really represents that. For example, an English teacher in our school just assigned a project on the Harlem Renaissance and I pulled a cart of books for the class. We have many books that cover this period of history and the people that contributed to it. I'd say that the kids study the contributions of minorities throughout the curriculum during the whole year.

On the other hand, I live in a very homogeneous distirct (read white). I have not noticed that my kids study much of other cultures except for perhaps MLK during his birthday. My oldest dd is a sophmore so we've been thru 10 grades in this district.

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Mon, 02-13-2006 - 11:55am

First it's important to know all of American History, not just one particular culture or race. But you are correct I suspected that certain districts don't celebrate other cultures for what ever reason. maybe it's because they don't want to or feel that it would be disrespectful in some way. But, it's also funny to me how these same districts will celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Thanks for your answer. I appreciate it.

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Mon, 02-13-2006 - 4:59pm

The high school that I went to had a year-long black history course and the American history teacher brought a lot of black history througout the year. The middle school (same district) that I went to just focused on black history in February. I teach math now, and don't know if they focus on black history this month or not where I am.

I've never been in a school where other cultures had focuses though (women's history, Native Americans, Hispanics, etc).

As for things like St. Patrick's Day, it was just a day to wear green, no focus on the culture/history/geography.

Just a personal observation, but I'd say that diversity is less celebrated in schools with little or no minorities in these parts of the woods. I, as a white, was in the minority at my high school (85% to 15%).

No disrespect taken here...I feel that a lot of curriculums (curricula?) save the black history focus for the one month a year rather than share it throughout the course.

Alysha


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Mon, 02-13-2006 - 6:35pm

Thanks alysha!! Just curious is all!!

GT34

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Mon, 02-13-2006 - 8:05pm

Hi, GT: Well I've seen a lot change in my many long years in education. The last elementary school I was in was small, homogenous (protestant white),

Sherry

 

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Tue, 02-14-2006 - 6:33pm

Thanks Sherry!! Glad to hear that. When you are a "minority" you often have to learn all about different cultures, while the so called "dominant culture" chooses what and WHO they learn about. So..

I was just wondering that's all. Love ya babe!!

GT34