The Mis-Education of the Negro

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Originally released in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro continues to resonate today, raising questions that readers are still trying to answer. The impact of slavery on the Black psyche is explored and questions are raised about our education system, such as what and who African Americans are educated for, the difference between education and training, and which of these African Americans are receiving. Woodson provides solutions to these challenges, but these require more study, discipline, and an ...
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Overview

Originally released in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro continues to resonate today, raising questions that readers are still trying to answer. The impact of slavery on the Black psyche is explored and questions are raised about our education system, such as what and who African Americans are educated for, the difference between education and training, and which of these African Americans are receiving. Woodson provides solutions to these challenges, but these require more study, discipline, and an Afrocentric worldview. This new edition contains a biographical profile of the author, a new introduction, and study questions.
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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: 9780913543702
  • Publisher: African American Images
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 237,416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
I. The Seat of the Trouble
II. How We Missed the Mark
III. How We Drifted Away from the Truth
IV. Education Under Outside Control
V. The Failure to Learn to Make a Living
VI. The Educated Negro Leaves the Masses
VII. Dissension and Weakness
VIII. Professional Educated Discouraged
IX. Political Education Neglected
X. The Loss of Vision
XI. The Need for Service Rather Than Leadership
XII. Hirelings in the Places of Public Servants
XIII. Understand the Negro
XIV. The New Program
XV. Vocational Guidance
XVI. The New Type of Professional Man Required
XVII. Higher Strivings in the Service of the Country
XVIII. The Study of the Negro
Appendix
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Giving birth to an misunderstood culture

    Mis-Education of the Negro is a must read and discussion for all of those who are educators in the field of education. The book seems as thou it was written in todays time, which gives an eye opening to the lack of change in the educational system. Great book of knowledge.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    awesome

    mr woodson does a superlative job of disabusing the less and more privileged elements of society of false notions about reality. mr woodson makes it very clear that proper education is supreme to miseducation which is actually worse than no formal education at all. miseducation gets its venom from the fact that it masquerades as a tool of improvement in theory while mentally and physically incarcerating unenlightened agents of society in reality. the 'highly educated' negros who are assigned the responsibility of being the saviors of the race are actually racial sycophants who hide behind their credentials, cowardice, and comfort. they are paralyzed as they analyze their current situation and where their next meal will or won't come from if they stand for justice instead of resting on their worthless laurels. such apprehension will ultimately result in the stagnation of a people. woodson contends that the only way to transcend circumstance is through cultivating a generation of thinkers. those who are willing to confront the past, learn the truth of negro history, find true champions of our race(regardless of color) to become our teachers, and stand courageously in the face of tribulation deserve to be our leaders. our moses will not come from without as he did for the israelites, but from within, through scientific study of our race, proper education, and introspection.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    This is a very informative and helpful book. I have learned a l


    This is a very informative and helpful book. I have learned a lot and seriously recommend that everyone read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

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    I find this book to be very interesting. It is a wonderful book. I love many things about this book. It is interesting how the author speaks such strong truths and opinions. It discusses great and intriguing topics about the problems and road blocks in the Negro culture back then where racism was extreme and segregation existed. For example, back then most Negroes wouldn¿t work for another Negro employer, they felt that they were inferior to whites and no better than the other Negroes working under him. I think that many of the problems talked about in this book still exist in Black culture. I recommend this book to pretty much anyone. It shows how it was for Negroes and White people back then.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Great read

    Excellent author great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2001

    A true must read for all

    This book outlines what education should be. When you begin your educational pursuit, you should know the reason why you are being educated and what you should expect to obtain from your education. Many people go to school because we are 'supposed to'. This book clearly defines what education is!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    Recommended for all races, not just black people.

    This book causes people of all colors to reflect on how they contribute to the demise of society. My favorite chapter is Leadership vs. Service. I now believe that the quality of a leader should be measured by the standard of his service, not how he can delegate orders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2001

    food for the soul

    AS ALWAYS I COUNT IT JOY AND VERY MUCH EDUCATIONAL TO HAVE READ THIS MOST RESENT EPISTLE THAT MR. WOODSON HAS BROUGHT TO THE TABLE.AS BLACK MAN I HAVE SEEN FRIST ,HAND THE RESULTS OF THIS MISEDUCATION AND REALIZED THAT WE MUST NOT LOOK TO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR FREEDOM,JUSTICE AND MAJOR HELP, BUT WE MUST LOOK TO GOD AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF SELF.

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