What Would Our Basics in Learning Be?

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  • #2984
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    My Queen and I were imagining what education would look like under the government of United Black America. How the Khepera Council might have inspired some new pan-african curriculum that had opened our eyes to new advancements and capabilities. I thought, what if we’ve been doing school all wrong? I mean, none of this was designed with any consideration for the african population anyway, right? So what if our system required no prisons for the young, but instead a more natural learning process that is home-based and built around creating social-educational balance in developing basic learning phenomenon? Yeah, I know we tend to go way out there right? We just like to think about how the world could be different. So we started thinking about what would the basics be? Surely before advancing into a more specialized program there must be some standard, right? So what would our basics be. The basic information that every Black citizen should posess before advancing into more specialized areas? Of course we thought about your basic math and sciences, basic reading and comphrehension. But then we thought, but we’re supposed to be thinking about our people specifically. What should OUR basics be. And I thought, Melanin would be a good place to start. Imagine the psychological effect of a generation of Black children living everyday with the knowledge of the scientific fact that the very reason they are black is due to a connection between their brain and the universe! What would be impossible for a people whose education is designed to help them come into being and inspires them to discover all things? I get excited just thinking about it. But it definitely has me thinking, we are all “Conscious” now, for those of us who are parents, are we creating those basics now? What are they? Let’s talk

  • #2985
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    Asad Malik

    You are definitely, on the right track, and I am curious as to what all the educators who are reading this think. The concept of an open classroom has been around in traditional Africa for millenia. No one really knows where this whole school captivity regiment came from, but Open classrooms’ focus on students’ “learning by doing” resonated with those who believed that America’s formal, teacher-led classrooms were crushing students’ creativity.

    In his 1973 book The Open Classroom Reader, Charles Silberman warned enthusiastic teachers and parents:

    By itself, dividing a classroom into interest areas does not constitute open education; creating large open spaces does not constitute open education; individualizing instruction does not constitute open education. . . . For the open classroom . . . is not a model or set of techniques, it is an approach to teaching and learning.

    The artifacts of the open classroom–interest areas, concrete materials, wall displays–are not ends in themselves but rather means to other ends. . . . In addition, open classrooms are organized to encourage:

    • Active learning rather than passive learning;

    • Learning and expression in a variety of media, rather than just pencil and paper and the spoken word;
    • Self-directed, student-initiated learning more than teacher-directed learning.

    Is this along the lines of what you mean? I want to explore this idea and maybe write up an article on it

  • #3046
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    Peace Family.

    As a teacher, I know that our African children are genetically dominant in intellect, as they already see the “Whole” of all things organic. They possess a “truth” and actualization that encourages or discourages their interests in any subject. This concept will aid the teacher in teaching and it will also guide the student into approaching their personal goals and dreams without hindering them. They will approach learning in an aspect of comfort and sense of power and control over what they consider to be Truth, reason, and challenging. The basics should be understanding self and how that self can contribute, grow in all areas, and academically dominate all areas of study. This basic standard promotes avid learning, project development, self motivation, conceptual thinking, independent thinking, and entrepreneurship. The questions they should ask themselves are: what am I good at learning?  What am I great at naturally? Who do I effect with my presence? What effects do I have on others? How can I encompass that effect in politics, education, business, community, and family? Enforce MA’AT into every aspect…. And then your curriculum has its foundation. Children want to learn, and we as teachers and parents want to teach. Just as a baby teaches a mother to be a mother,  the student teaches the teacher how to teach.

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