POLL: Should Black History Be Mandatory At Boston High Schools?

Two City Councilors are holding a hearing today to discuss the possibility of making Black History a mandatory subject at Boston Public High Schools. Is this something you support?

City Councilor Tito Jackson of Roxbury and At-Large City Councilor John Connolly will hold a hearing today to discuss the possibility of making Black History a mandatory part of the curriculum at all of Boston's public high schools, according to an article on UniversalHub

The order for a hearing that the two Councilors have submitted says that District's vision for an ideal Boston Public Schools graduate includes that student's ability to "acknowledge and respect people with diverse backgrounds, histories, and perspectives," that "building such a model student first requires that the district acknowledge the history of its own students," 80% of whom are students of color, with "a large percentage being of African descent."

Additionally, it says that "the contributions of African Americans are seen in every facet of United States history and culture, and their contributions are a central part of the accurate and full depiction of world history and the history of the United States," and that it "is critically important for young people to know where and whence they have come and the full story of the accomplishments of their ancestors."

Charlestown, do you agree with the Councilors' sentiments?  Let us know whether you think this is a step in the right direction for public high schools or something you can't support.  

Caitlin Walsh April 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Torn between a requirement and an elective. If the Councilors could widen their scope to include curriculum about other minority groups (that also have heritage months!) such as Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic, then I'd be more comfortable with making it a requirement. Something like a cross-cultural requirement.
T. McGrath April 11, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Sure ... Once they add Irish , Italian, Greek , Russian, Egyptian, Jewish, Polish, Chinese, Japanese History and so on and do on. This stuff has to end at some point , we live in America . American History should be first and fore most , then World History , because other than the American Indians , we all started some place else.
Caitlin Walsh April 11, 2012 at 05:26 PM
But American history and White Anglo Saxon (Protestant) history are not the same. We still are a nation of immigrants. Shouldn't our history reflect that?
Joseph April 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
If anyone actually believes this is about eduction, you're kidding yourself. Unless a vast majority of their constituents are calling and demanding (which we all know they aren't doing) that they have a hearing about changing the curriculum in the BPS system, these politicians are doing this for one reason, and one reason alone. Votes. G'day


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