When I was a child, my primary and secondary Black History education consisted of reading a couple of paragraphs about Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks during Black History Month. It was not until going to college that I learned more about the history of Black people in America. As a homeschooling parent, I wanted to ensure that this was not my son’s story. Our homeschool, Freedom Bound Academy (FBA), makes it a priority for our Black American son to know our history and to start deciding now how he will use this knowledge to leave his own legacy. As it is difficult to find an official traditional textbook that adequately covers what FBA was seeking, our studies primarily include autobiographical, biographical, and other historical books found in cultural centers across the “US, National Geographic History” magazines, “Kids’ Discover” magazines, documentaries, and an abundance of museum visits.
Our Social Studies and History classes this semester have taken us on a journey from Ancient Times to Modern Times. Today, my son is ending one of our Civil Rights Units by reading about A. Philip Randolph. His is the last story to be read from, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Not only is it vital that his education includes book knowledge, it is imperative that our homeschooling journey features living, walking, hands-on experiences. Thus, to cap off his history studies for this school year, we will be embarking upon a Civil Rights Tour through Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas and visiting five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) during our road trip. If you would like to come along for the ride, you may find more information on the below link.
What about you? Are you satisfied with what your children are learning about history- all history- in the classroom? What are you doing to improve their education?
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