ERIC Number: ED043548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb-18
Reference Count: 0
Black Studies: A New Arena of Instruction.
Miller, LaMar P.
Black studies, hence relevant education for black people in this country, have been omitted from educational curricula at all levels. Some reasons are: questions of moral responsibility involved in complying with public pressure for curriculum reforms; doubt that the experiences of black people justify study; general ignorance of Afro-American experience; and, society's disagreement over the purpose of education. There have been various theoretical models for curriculum development --the transmission of culture, socialization, transformation of society. None of these reflects the multi-ethnic nature of our people. The majority of people of African ancestry in America have had a sufficiently different culture and lifestyle to necessitate inclusion of black studies. The broad purpose of black studies must be to help black people cope with the white world without making them completely alienated from it or subservient to it. Contemporary society, as it applies to black people in this country, could be one of the basic operational referents of the curriculum; the other might be black heritage, including African educational heritage. (JLB)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. of Afro-American Affairs.; American Association of School Administrators, Washington, DC.
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting, American Association of School Administrators, Atlantic City, N. J., February 18, 1970