ERIC Number: ED028714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
Curricular Changes to Meet the Needs of a Black Society.
Hamilton, Charles V.
The turmoil on college campuses today that centers around the protest demands of black students clearly points to the need for substantive curricular changes. Many students are interested in "relevant" courses which, to them, means moving out of the ivory tower and "into the community." Classroom studies could be linked to ghetto problems in action-oriented activities, such as work-study programs, so that students may work in nearby communities for a part of their school year. It is important to incorporate more material on black Americans into the lower-level introductory courses, and to develop specialized courses on black history, black literature, and other fields at upper levels. There is enough material to justify individual courses in many of these fields. A "qualified" instructor is required for these courses, not necessarily a Ph.D holder but an indigenous person who has knowledge of the subject that may not yet be recognized by traditional criteria for the hiring of faculty. The need for these curricular changes is equally great in all-white, suburban-locked colleges. Then the impact of slavery and oppression on both black and white Americans would be reinterpreted and white students would acquire some understanding of the heterogeneous world in which they live. Also, a curricular evaluation committee should be formed at each institution to conduct intensive research on current courses and to suggest any necessary changes in the curriculum. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 24th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 1969