The Mis-Education Of The Negro (An African American Heritage Book)

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Overview

The Mis-Education of the Negro is one of the most important books on education ever written. Carter G. Woodson shows us the weakness of Euro-centric based curriculums that fail to include African American history and culture. This system mis-educates the African American student, failing to prepare them for success and to give them an adequate sense of who they are within the system that they must live. Woodson provides many strong solutions to the problems he identifies. A must-read for anyone working in the education field.
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Sacred Fire

Carter G. Woodson has been called the Father of Modern Black History. He was a central, commanding figure in the study, writing, and teaching of African American history and the first historian to successfully use sound scholarship to refute the prevailing myths and racist views about black Americans and their history. Among his contributions to American life is Black History Month (originally dubbed Negro History Week), which Woodson established to promote the study of African American history.

Woodson&#39s 205-page monograph, The Mis-education of tbe Negro, reflects his profound concern for setting the record straight. His thesis, as outlined in his Preface, could well apply today: "The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker people." He was concerned with the way African American identity had been warped by racist approaches to history and education; he foresaw the ways that such a warped history would be internalized by black students who would never know of the achievements of their forebears, only of their humiliations and sufferings.

In the book&#39s eighteen chapters, Woodson presents a systematic critique of the education system and offers a plan for change that would create a system that informs black students about their own history and addresses their unique challenges. The

current proliferation of African American studies programs, Afrocentric schools, and multicultural curricula all bear Woodson&#39s stamp. Still, Mis-education remains a biting indictment of a public school system whose promise of education of the masses has still been left sadly unfulfilled.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604592269
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications
  • Publication date: 1/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 268,670
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Carter G. Woodson was the founder of Black History Week. He wrote The Negro in Our History, The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861, A Century of Negro Migration, and The African Background Outlined. He died in 1950. Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is the author of Lessons from History and Restoring the Village. He lives in Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    A Must Read To Any Who Seek A Need For Change

    I took a shot in the wind at picking this book to begin my quest for "re-discovery" and I could not believe the impact it had on my life. There will not be any one person who reads this book to the end who will not understand the need for self-improvement. It has become a very profound encouragement that someone over one-hundred years ago could aide me in being a better member to our social relationships. I now have the desire to speak of facts that I have learned, rather than defend my past blindly. Amazing how one can provide an intellectual reasoning, in support of God's Law, that promotes this type of "uprising" in myself. Carter G. Woodson gave to the world, a way to make a difference in our communities. I encourage everyone who views this rating to "take a shot in the wind", you will not be displeased. An absolute must read for anyone who seeks a need to change!

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  • Posted September 30, 2012

    The anwsers for our education system.

    A great book written by Carter Goodwin Woodson which Woodson explains the problems of our education system. For example most eduacted black teachers did not want to educate black children and the ones that wanted to get an education educated black teachers reufse to educate them. Woodson also gives the differences between black colleges and public schools and white colleges and publlic schools. I belive polticians or teachers and paretns should read this book because everyone will learn sometthing about the education system back in ninteen thirty three and how the issues that where going through back then. Today were are going through the same issues failing public schools and some failing colles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    knowledge!

    knowledge

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Great read

    Excellent author great book!!

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