“African American adolescents tend to have more success in school if their parents instill in them a sense of racial pride, reducing their vulnerability to the effects of racial discrimination from teachers and peers.”
Can Instilling Racial Pride In Black Teens Lead To Better Educational Outcomes? (via biyuti)
Imagine that: people do better when they feel good enough about themselves to counteract the bullshit that attacks them. Across the board.
Yes, so there was this big controversy a few years back in Toronto because a group wanted the school board to open an Afro-centric school, and a lot of people were like, “But segregation!”
Those in support, though, argued that if black parents wanted their kids to go to an Afro-centric school, that was very different from the government forcing their kids to be segregated. It should be noted that this is a huge distinction, and very true.
So the school was created, and the curriculum covers both the stuff required by the government (Canada’s history, blah blah blah), but with key differences:
a) In history, for example, students also learn about the African diaspora and African history as well as Canadian history
b) In English, works by black authors are studied
c) In classes like math and science, examples are given of black mathematicians and scientists
d) There is, in general, a lot more emphasis on the achievement of black academics and people than there is in a “regular” school
GUESS WHAT? (I’M TYPING IN CAPS BECAUSE THIS IS ACTUALLY REALLY EXCITING AND COOL.)
What was expected was that students at this school would outperform black students at non-Afro-centric schools on the EQAO (standardized tests administered in grades 3, 6, and 9 in Ontario).
What happened was even better.
Not only did students at this school outperform black students at non-Afro-centric schools in Ontario, they outperformed pretty much ALL students in Ontario, white or otherwise.
This school has one of the highest EQAO ratings in the entire province.
*That’s* the difference a relatable education makes.
If I coulda had my HBCU experience in high school (coed, though), hell, if I could work with mostly POCs I would be the happiest camper evah