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how can so many of us join in the perpetuation of such a curriculum myth
about Lincoln freeing Africans from slavery and also believing in the political equality of
“the races,” and still be certain that we can be real when we approach the design of
education/socialization for our children? Are we habituated to myths? Can we see the
true condition of our people, the masses of them? Can we see, as Carter G. Woodson
saw, the miseducated though highly schooled among us, whose orientation is “alien self”
or even “anti-self” as Dr. Naim Akbar has said? What is the state of African education?

There are also some potent common myths about African learners, myths about
low ability, cultural deprivation, myths about poverty causing learning problems, and
myths that school treatments are equitable for all children. These myths persist and are
even adopted by many members of the African community, even though we are a
community with a long history of creating powerful transforming educational and
socialization institutions, both in Africa and in the diaspora. We above all ought to be
able to detect myths right away.

To grasp the real state of education of African people everywhere, including in
America, we must examine the intersection of culture and power. A global system of
power distribution has dictated and continues to dictate the nature of the education and
socialization processes. Slavery, colonization, apartheid/segregation and the rationalizing
ideology of white supremacy are centuries old challenges, really aspects of a global
hegemonic system. That system interrupted and largely destroyed the flow of thousand 3
of years of powerful and independent African education/socialization excellence, about
which most of us are totally uninformed.

Above all, we must understand that the structure of society and the embedded
structure of education/socialization systems in hegemonic societies are designed to
maintain hegemony. It is the structure, including especially its ideological foundation
that controls possibilities for African education/socialization, even today. Hegemonic
structures and ideologies cannot acknowledge or respect our traditions in
education/socialization, profound though they are. Moreover they shape the beliefs and
the behaviors that guide miseducation, while blaming victims. No matter how much
progress we appear to have made, more degrees and higher paying jobs for a few of us,
there has been no shift in the power structure at all, anywhere in the African world. Even
“liberated” and “independent” African nations, lack control over real economic and
military power. Few even have more than minimal control over their education
institutions. These institutions still mimic those of former colonial masters in most cases.
Some still have governance of education in the hands of former colonial masters.
Tuesday, January 7th 2014 at 6:17PM
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While African people globally are entitled to justice, including of course
reparations, if any people were ever entitled to them, and while we may have friends and
allies, there will be no saviors for us by others from these structural conditions. Nothing
in history suggests that non-African benefactors will rescue us. Purely and simply we
must emancipate ourselves from hegemonic structures; including especially the
foundation beliefs that support those structures. We must challenge these things at every
turn. We must pose and construct alternatives to them. We will definitely get those
things that we construct! We also will definitely get those things that others construct for
us in the absence of our own efforts to construct our future.

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 at 6:20PM
There is no magic pill, for a ailing nation. For generations history tells us that those who bring something to the table are the ones who get a slice of the pie. This is a clarion call to action, that can begin on a very small scale,my parents showed me how to make a dollar out of 50 cent. In turn I show my children( economic training in your own home. )

Everyday we should remind ourselves of the principles in our struggle for collective economics, and our relationship with one another. I agree with you we must teach our children the strength of unity and self empowerment.
"Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow." (DuDois)

"Once we create an internal economic system, we can relate to any external economic system in the world. No African State can be truly independent when it does not produce the bread it eats nor the safety pin that holds a child’s diaper together. No nation can call itself free and self-sustaining when it must order its toilet paper from another nation. Africans must begin to produce every item essential to their survival. Education must be geared to produce the large number of technically trained Africans needed for this task, and the trained must in turn produce other Africans to replace them. No African nation in the world should beg for the skills of another nation or people to sustain itself."(Dr Clarke)

There are a few interesting articles -The Stereotypes & "Myths About Black Folk" and "Don’t Believe The Hype"
Check it out please let me know what you think
Tuesday, January 7th 2014 at 8:53PM
Darlene Dancy

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The Greatest that America EVER educated

if that is not EDUCATION for America, America does not want EDUCATION

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Wednesday, January 8th 2014 at 9:03AM
powell robert
@ Dancy very interesting site you have a good spectrum of program suggestions that need to be looked at and implemented in our school systems thank you for stopping by and sharing ,,stick around and maybe we can start a grass roots program to kick start a few programs into the system///// i LIKE Introduction - ''Creating Resilience in Urban Youth,,, I deliberately focus attention on "correlates" or protective processes that foster resilience - although, in reality, resilience is an interaction between the characteristics of the individual and the environment. These correlates or protective processes are the factors over which adults working with children have considerable influence.;;

sorry for the filth that trampled in on my shoes MRpowell has the loud mouth, no action, always right syndrome soon he will say BHO is Muslim a does not worship christianity,,lawdy where do they come from !!
Wednesday, January 8th 2014 at 10:51AM
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