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Posted on 02/02/2006 8:24:39 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
A call for advice.
Me and my immediate family are white. My young daughter is about to get her first bit of instruction/indoctrination in "African-American History Month" next week, and I'm worried.
My daughter knows nothing of race. The neighbor kids she plays with are black and Mexican, and we have several black family members by marriage who she loves dearly. She sees the difference in skin color the same as a difference in hair or eye color -- absolutely meaningless. This is fortunate because I do have a zero-tolerance policy on racism.
So, the problem. I'm worried the BHM instruction will teach her to see blacks as people somehow different from her, even worse, some kind of special group to be treated with kid-gloves in the condescending style the leftists like so much. This school's Thanksgiving instruction already had my daughter seeing Indians as some kind of a caricature ("Daddy, I want an Indian!"), which I had to fix quickly, so there's precedent to be worried.
I'm planning a talk with the teacher, but does anyone here have further advice or lines of argument?
Or am I wrong?
Remove your child from the public indoctrination camp.
If you cannot afford private school try this:
Un-enroll you child for a month and home school her ( send her for visit to grandparents whatever ) and then re-enroll her. They cannot count her absent so she is not truant.
I know a guy who yanks his out every year for a family vacation about that time.
I'm still seeing that teacher in advance though. Unfortunately, we're already known as "problem parents." You know, the kind who really like to be involved in their child's education, not just the minimal involvement the schools want. The school has a "we're in charge of your kid's education, not you" attitude, and the PTA is just a fundraising group with no real activity on the subject of parental involvement in education.
Unfortunately, I don't have much in the way of options. We tried homeschooling (read the literature, got the education packs, spent the structured time, etc.), but she just does better in a classroom full of other kids.
As for talking to teacher about all this, it isn't going to help. They are going to teach it whether you like it or not. I also am not a fan of a "Black History Month". I think black history should be taught right along side of white history. But I as I said they are still going to teach it. I also might have some reservations to the age at which they start teaching kids stuff like this. But on the other hand at some age race might start to become a issue and our children should know everything that happened in the past and how wrong some of it was. Maybe you will get lucky and they will focus more on individuals like George Washington Carver and the positives for a few years.
That's from my point of view. Her outlook now is that there is no difference so it doesn't really apply -- yet, and hopefully never.
She's young now and I know she'll eventually notice the difference, but I just don't want that difference pointed out to her for the first time by the PC crowd with its condescending, guilt-tripping slant. Maybe preemptive instruction would help?
I agree with you, it is not 'black' history or 'white' history...it is OUR history. Good, bad it is ours to know and learn and grow from.
Of course, and if the schools don't teach it, I will. I'm a history buff and concentrated my elective college courses on history, especially African (no race reason, just that my K-12 didn't teach me a damn thing about the continent, and I was interested). I have a feeling the only way she'll find out about the native African role as perpetrators in the slave trade will be from me.
Maybe you will get lucky and they will focus more on individuals like George Washington Carver and the positives for a few years.
I'll find that out when I talk to the teacher tommorow. Let's hope.
If it were my kid, I would take time to teach "Black History" to her in a way the schools will not.
I would get the book "Up from Slavery" by Booker T. Washington, and read that to her, or have her read it and discuss it with her.
I would point out people like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, and yes, even Bill Cosby. Why they are respected by most thinking people, why they got to where they did, and why they hold the beliefs that they do.
I would explain someone like Jesse Jackson to her in terms she can understand, and why his involvement in the black community is so harmful to blacks.
I would also explain why the school, the teacher and many people she sees in the school setting think it is important to have a "Black History Month", and how misguided they are.
Lastly, I would try to help her understand why a color-blind, meritocracy-based society is far preferable to a diversity-based, race-based society.
Now you bring up another good point I'll have to deal with eventually, which is if the schools teach the bad points as a "White America is evil" guilt trip rather than your proper view of learning from the mistakes of the past. My wife is German, so she's had to deal with the Nazi guilt trip they used to lay on their kids.
Thanks, all very good ideas, but they will have to wait or be simplified until she's ready for them.
LOL...of course, I didn't ask how old she was...:)
We could, if we wished, do a perfectly credible "Black History Month."
We'd study such historical figures as Frederick Douglass, Hannibal of Carthage, and Augustine of Hippo. We'd watch Zulu Dawn, and eat peanut butter sandwiches in honor of Dr. George Washington Carver.
Oh...and I might have the kids listen to some Dizzy Gillespie. =]
My ten-year-old son said "What are you doing, Sam?"
Sam replied "I'm wavin' to the brown people."
He didn't add "Duh!" but he could have.
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