“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” Toni Morrison, Beloved
Greetings, All of My Beloved AP Babies!
This week’s discussion is a joint venture and will provide space for an open dialogue between both AP Lit and AP Lang students.
As we continue our look at director Peter Gilbert‘s “With All Deliberate Speed: A Look at the Landmark Brown vs. the Board of Education,” the question of equal opportunity for public education regardless of race, income, or geography remains as we close the year 2011.
This blog post will require additional research on educational disparities but will also require some additional reading of Carter G. Woodson’s The Miseducation of the Negro as a historical perspective on educational inequality. The entire text is available free, online via Google Books and has been provided below for your convenience. Please encourage your parents to read it with you and post their comments below.
Here are your tasks:
- Read Carter G. Woodson’s The Miseducation of the Negro, in its entirety.
- Conduct your own outside research on educational disparities in America. I will help you get started, but please do not limit your research to the support links provided below.
- Respond to the following discussion questions:
- The Brown decision called for school desegregation to happen with “all deliberate speed.” How quickly — and how fully — do you think schools have been de-segregated? (Source: Teaching Tolerance–A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center)
- Who is Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and what–in your opinion–is the ultimate message of his text? Who does his message speak to? Is it only for African Americans or could his message extend to all ethnic, gender, and socio-economic classes?
- Do you believe Woodson’s message is still relevant today? If so, provide a rationale for your response and examples of how we see it in operation today. If not, please tell us why and provide a rationale for your response.
- Finally, determine and relate what your response(s) will be to these issues.
Because extensive reading and research is involved, your initial response to this post will not be due until Wednesday, January 4, 2012 (after returning from Christmas Break). You are not required to submit comments on your classmates’ posts; however, I am absolutely positive you will anyway…
In closing, please ponder these words of wisdom from Dr. Carter G. Woodson:
“If you can control a man’s thinking, you don’t have to worry about his actions. If you can determine what a man thinks you do not have worry about what he will do. If you can make a man believe that he is inferior, you don’t have to compel him to seek an inferior status, he will do so without being told and if you can make a man believe that he is justly an outcast, you don’t have to order him to the back door, he will go to the back door on his own and if there is no back door, the very nature of the man will demand that you build one.”
I love you,