A plaintive defense of Garvey...

...by Garvey himself.

how do you title this?

Ten pages in, I understood exactly we never read Garvey at any point throughout my 12 years in public school.

We didn't read him because he was right.

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

The mis-direction of the whole system

In reading Woodson I was surprised by how little has changed in educational systems. I mean, some of the issues Woodson has with teachers in African American schools are STILL problems today, in all institutions of higher education. We're not a meritocracy, no matter what any school official says. Plenty of teachers cling to approaches that don't work. And many institutions are dropping the funding of those that actually realize these facts. Putting aside the larger structures and their impact upon the school, Woodson focuses on teachers as difference-makers in the system.

This Week

Since I think Woodson is too important to just gloss over I'd like to try to cover both Garvey and Woodson this week. So Stephanie and Jess please share your presentations with us on Tuesday. Sorry for not responding to your email, my internet at home has been out since the storm and probably won't be back on until at least tomorrow afternoon. For some reason I can't access mypurdue from my phone so I'm going to try to message you all through Drupal as well. See you soon!

Some thoughts on Garvey, multiculturalism, and education

It probably can go without saying that Marcus Garvey was full of contradictions. In a certain sense, who isn’t? However, these contradictions are more glaring or more forthright than those authors/activists we’ve read previously: Washington, DuBois, and Woodson. This makes it easy for people, particularly (white) academics to write him off as a thug, a racist (I’m sure some do.), etc. Personally, I found myself agreeing or sympathetic with some of his more extreme arguments.

They Forgot about Garvey

One of the few rap lyrics that, as someone who doesn’t listen to rap, I’ve happened to run across is a line from an Eminem song called “Forget about Dre” that says, “And [expletives] act like they forgot about Dre” http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/drdre/forgotaboutdre.html which laments that contemporary rappers have forgotten the influence one of rap’s forefathers had on the genre. I argue that the popular Black history canon has forgotten about Marcus Garvey.

Same $hit, Different Day, Or the Miseducation of 21st Century Negroes

Woodson’s most famous text, The Miseducation of the Negro (1933), is a serious indictment of the failure of Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction efforts to educate Black people. The mis-education of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Blacks consists of several key elements:

Blacks were taught to hate themselves and to think of themselves as inferior to other races, contributing nothing to human civilization.
Blacks educated in the U.S. did not learn any marketable skills so that they could support themselves.

Some thoughts on Woodson’s The Mis-Education of the Negro

After reading The Mis-Education I have a lot of questions about how to transform higher education in America. Woodson addresses many of the ideas we discussed in class last week.

While these questions are interconnected, I am not sure that I am in a position to cohere them into a narrative structure, so I’ve decided to address them as fragments or questions culled from Woodson’s text. I suppose they cohere into heuristic of sorts, but they still seem abstract to me. They represent guiding principles and not tactics to apply uniformly.

Course Calendar

The new course calendar is up and its a little broken, but I can't fix it until I get home tonight. you can see all of the important information at this point :-)

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