I remember clearly as a child, in the early nineteen sixties, the only African American mentioned in my school was Crispus Attucks. For a long time I thought there was only one black man that fought in the entire revolutionary war. From the big old musty textbooks we were given to study it was obvious very few black people had accomplished anything worth writing about. I hated history. I thought its only concern were old dead white men. Understandably, I did not do well in history. Since 2005, enrollment in public schools has increased, but “Black males continue spiraling down the achievement ladder” (Whiting 2006). All children need to see themselves in the context of what they are learning (Stiler & Allen, 2006). They need to know that many of the things that affect current day thinking and living have emerged from an amalgamation of peoples. It is important for the students’ self-esteem and often can mean the difference between ritual compliance and full engagement (Baker, 2005).
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Latimore, O. (2008). Multicultural Education: More than the Acknowledgement of Black History Month. Perspectives In Learning, 9 (1). Retrieved from https://csuepress.columbusstate.edu/pil/vol9/iss1/5