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This is the study of science and mathematics; 4 Knowledge of God. Perhaps, even moreso, there is a fear that the structuring of an educational system for African-Americans that is rooted in their identity may violate the identity-based education for European-Americans. Keontae Freeney rated it it was amazing Mar 09, Such an approach minimizes the dogma that is attached to religion and the various religious descriptions of the nature of God.
As artist seek to cre- ate images of tnyself and to influence the world to adapt their creative vision, they are exercising the power of shaping the societal vision. The victory of Cinque on the Amistad and the struggles of Nat Turner and Denmark Vessey must be cel- ebrated as a means of transmitting our immunity to oppression. We must be able to extract raw materials from the earth 36 Education as Power and manufacture them into something useful for ourselves.
Know Thyself by Na’im Akbar
Examples such as these from other ethnic communities show that self-affirmation does not presuppose the negation of other groups. They learned to determine and predict seasons and estab- lished calendars based on achieving an understanding of the patterns and cycles of nature. The Study of Nature It is for this reason that the strong cry for an Afrocentric education has gone up from the most gifted educators within the African-American community.
We must use our inner resources in order to take from the environment those resources that insure our advancement as human beings. From this point of view, we should not be too critical of the ethnocentric thyaelf of European-American education. Since our being brought thyselff chains to the shores of America, our knnow power, labor, skills, talent and wealth have been taken, given and spent toward building and adding to the civilization of another people.
Education was both a sacred right and responsibility because without it, no one bom into the w’orld could become fully human. Consciousness is a valued human asset and every people seek ways to enhance their knowledge — particularly their self-knowledge. Search naij history of thyslef billion web pages on the Internet.
The proposal that active and deliberate inclusion of the perspective, cultural and his- torical experiences of formerly excluded peoples raises the anger and eyebrows of people who have come to take their exclusive educational approach for granted.
It is true that power in this respect carries the implication of dom- ination, but definitely not the domination of other people. Creation is proof of the existence of the Creator. Human reasoning or the mental capacity can stand above the body as the spirit or the soul stands above the mind.
The educational system of Africa focussed on moral instruction as the essential part of learning. Malcolm X rated it it was amazing Jun 21, This miseducation actually maintains the men- tal enslavement of people. No systematic effort toward change has been possible, for, taught the same economics, history, literature and religion which have established the present code of morals, the Negros mind has been brought under the control of his oppressor.
The very structure of the culture serves as an educational device to 13 generate me collective visiun ui me u.
KNOW THYSELF, by Na’im Akbar, Forward by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III
Vision on the basis of its skbar values, w’e would have to approach the vision with a level of skepticism that perhaps most citizens of the U. These are the images that inspire the repetition of the feats of greatness that their ancestors have achieved.
The development of such skills is the beginning of the educational process to the extent that they enhance our survival and are consistent with our human nature. Authors Africa World Press, Inc.
There is an intimate and inescapable relationship between our mind, body and spirit. Despite how impressive the dancing dog may appear to the human observer, this dog has been trained away from its nature.
With the absence of the power to protect our- selves from the onslaught of these social diseases, and then lacking in the knowl- e ge to immunize ourselves from them African-Americans and other miseducat- ed groups become very vulnerable in this alien system.
Want to Read saving…. Where people put their energy, their resources, literally, what they do w-ith their lives is determined 38 by the ideas that they internalize. This intensity is because the protesters at some level understand that the demand is for the mental emancipation of the slaves by offering a valid education rather than the misedu- cation described by Dr.
Nathan Jolie rated it it was amazing May 31, In leaving out the African contribu- tion, recent generations of African people have not been able to assume their responsibility to continue the advancement of the civilization that they started and had made outstanding contributions to, prior to their miseducation.
The name comes to symbolize the much broader reality of identity. The reconstruction of the atmosphere of suffering or joy that the ances- tors experienced is another way that the ritual can restore the memory of the ancestors and bring forth this component of the self. An African-American educational system rooted in self-knowledge must begin with African definitions in order thself be successful in achieving its goals.
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The ferocious ghyself of the beast is tamed and brought into submission by the power of the human being. We appreciate that our ability’ to survive hundreds of diseases that decimated popula- tions before us is a consequence of this immunity that has been transmitted to us through the blood of our parents.
Those who influence ideas literally control the minds of the people within the environment of those ideas.