ERIC Number: EJ765767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 17
African-Centered Education: An Approach to Schooling for Social Justice for African American Students
Marks, Jay B.; Tonso, Karen L.
Education, v126 n3 p481-494 Spr 2006
This essay argues that offering African American students an African-centered education is one way to promote social justice in public education. We begin with a summary of the inadequate educations offered to many African American students, and then use philosophical interpretations of equal educational opportunity to delineate the requirements of participation in a democracy. From this position, we contend that forms of schooling that teach subordination and alienation undermine democratic participation--the ability to advocate for one's best interests and accord others respect for doing likewise--and that this is unjust. One way to counter social injustice and regain a sense of community and ethnic self-worth is African-centered education, which we describe.
Descriptors: Public Education, Justice, Educational Opportunities, Democracy, African American Students, Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Ethnicity, Culturally Relevant Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Africa