THE MIS-EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO by Carter G. Woodson is one of the most important books on education ever written. In his classic tome, Woodson shows the weakness of Euro-centric based curriculums that fail to include African American history and culture. This system mis-educates the African American student, failing to prepare them for success and to give them an adequate sense of who they are within the system that they must live. In THE MIS-EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO, Woodson provides many strong solutions to the problems he ...
THE MIS-EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO by Carter G. Woodson is one of the most important books on education ever written. In his classic tome, Woodson shows the weakness of Euro-centric based curriculums that fail to include African American history and culture. This system mis-educates the African American student, failing to prepare them for success and to give them an adequate sense of who they are within the system that they must live. In THE MIS-EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO, Woodson provides many strong solutions to the problems he identifies. "A must-read for educators and students alike." ""Though written 60 years ago, 75% of this book is still relevant today! " - (Amazon Reviewer) Author Carter G. Woodson: Founded Black History Week, which later became Black History Month. Shows how a proper education leads to the ability to solve problems and ultimately freedom Provides a totally different perspective on Black thought. Explains why a Eurocentric, white middle-class education doesn't meet the needs of Black communities Was a stickler for accuracy in Black studies-and one of the first Black Americans to obtain an earned doctorate from Harvard Shared thoughts about Black American politics, religion, and education that remain largely true today. "If you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a person feel that he/she is inferior, you do not have to compel him/her to accept an inferior status, he/she will seek for it. If you make a person think he/she is a justly outcast, yoiu do not have to order that person to the back door, that person will go without being told, and if there is no back door, the very nature of that person will demand one." " Carter G. Woodson
This book was written in the late 1920s and published in the early 1930s. It is no less relevant, insightful and true today than it was then.
The idea of the role of education is analyzed and applied from a sociological, political economy and historical perspectives. By defining the role and the nature of education, the author then sets out to analyze apply that definition to the experience of American-born Africans in the U.S. social context.
Dr. Woodson may not be well known to the general public despite his distinctions such as being the second African American to graduate from Harvard University with a Ph.D. (the first being Dr. DuBois) and being the founder of the observance of Black History. But he is no less important to American history and his work no less significant for it.
Must reading for thinking individuals.
Jul 31, 2008
The Past is Present
Woodson's views on the experience of African-Americans in our eductional system are helpful to educators up to a point. Some of his ideas, because they were based on the cultural millieu of the early 20th century, are outdated, even archaic. However, there are many ideas that are relevant today...perhaps more relevant than they were originally. The overall thesis, that a Euro-centric education does little to provide African- American children with the necesary skills, mind-sets, and self-esteem necessary for personal success in almost all areas of life is something, I think, that to a degree is borne out today when you look at the high percentage of black youth who do not graduate, are unwed monthers, are in jail, etc.etc. Something is indeed "rotten" when our education fails so many, so often. A book worth reading and pondering, epecially for educators.
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