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.