By Peter C. Murrell Jr.
Integrates the historic, cultural, political, and developmental issues of the African American adventure right into a idea for the schooling success of African American childrens.
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The fact that racism does play a role underscores the urgency for an African-centered pedagogy. But the reifying “oppositional social identity” and “oppositional cultural frames” is the worst sort of essentializing with regard to culture, reducing African American cultural identity to an oppositional response to racism. How does one respond to an institution? One 14 AFRICAN-CENTERED PEDAGOGY doesn’t. One responds to specific situations, practices, and events—things that happen and actions people take as expressions of the institution.
Who I am as an educator is a reflection of the wisdom and educational experience of my mother and father. Who I am as an educator is, therefore, also a reflection of the struggles of my parents to get an education. My mother grew up and 4 AFRICAN-CENTERED PEDAGOGY attended public school in the urban north in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My father grew up and attended public school in Glasgow, Kentucky. Both came up in the era of segregation and their respective experiences epitomize the two metaphors of Black achievement in a northern industrial setting and a southern, small town segregated setting.
African American students lag behind EuroAmerican students in high school completion and employment. The statistics belie the fact that huge numbers of African American students are not even in this test-taking picture. Significant numbers of African American students, and other students of color, drop out of school—as much as one-half to twothirds in some city districts. Fewer than ten percent of African American men go to college, yet they constitute 76 percent of the nation’s prison population.
African-Centered Pedagogy: Developing Schools of Achievement for African American Children by Peter C. Murrell Jr.