ERIC Number: ED335440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Positive Self-Images and Discipline in Black Children.
Developing positive self-images and self-discipline is a prerequisite for the effective education of African American children. The following factors have had a negative influence on their development: (1) chronic unemployment and underemployment; (2) the changing concept of childhood; (3) elitism; (4) low expectations; (5) lack of commitment to educating all children; and (6) misuse of achievement tests to label and place students. The following institutions should strive to emphasize African images that are instrumental in developing self-esteem in African American children: (1) the home; (2) the peer group; (3) television; (4) the school; and (5) the church. The following are major hindrances to the education of African American children: (1) the banking approach; (2) the certainty principle; (3) grades; (4) rote learning; and (5) the word approach to reading. An effective curriculum must acknowledge that African American children have a higher verve, are relational in their thought processes, and are more oral in cognition than Whites. Developing self-discipline requires adult consistency and positive reinforcement of good behavior. Parents are the first and primary educators, and the parent-child relationship is the key to supplemental nurturance and high expectations. Each of six chapters includes a list of suggested questions, exercises, and projects. A list of 88 references is appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: African Culture, Behavior Modification, Black Education, Black Youth, Child Development, Children, Cultural Images, Curriculum Development, Mass Media Effects, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Self Concept, Self Control, Television
African American Images, 9204 Commercial, Suite 308, Chicago, IL 60617 ($7.95, plus $1.15 shipping).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans