Mis-Education Of The Negro By Carter Godwin Woodson

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Analysis of Mis-Education of the Negro The most important aspect for a teacher to understand is that every student that comes through their door has their own experiences, history, and point of view. Mis-Education of the Negro is about how the euro-centrism-based learning has, in one way or another, crippled the African-American community and their pursuit for an equal opportunity in our society. Written by Carter Godwin Woodson in 1933, this African-American studies book is written so that everyone can understand what society has done and what they can do to correct their wrongs. Author Carter Godwin Woodson dedicated his life to studying African-American history and fought so it can be taught in schools and studied by scholars. Born in…show more content…
This devotion was paralleled in his book, Mis-Education of the Negro. Woodson, ultimately, wants to eliminate prejudice. “Stereotypes, omissions, and distortions all contribute to the development of prejudice” says Tatum (2013, pg. 65). He starts off talking about what happened with the period right after the Civil War. Even though the African-Americans were “free”, no one took responsibility to educate them formally. So naturally, they could only do one thing and that was to form their own schools, businesses, and churches. However, the only works and doctrines that were available were written by white people in the eurocentric view. Woodson (1933) claims, “The Negroes have been shoved out of the regular schools through the rear door into the obscurity of the backyard and told to imitate others whom they see from afar, or they have been permitted in some places to come into the public schools to see how others educate themselves”. This made the blacks adopt a sense of learned helplessness. Tatum (2013) stated, "The impact of racism begins early. Even in our preschool years, we are exposed to misinformation about people different from ourselves" (pg. 65). From an early age, professions were picked out for these African-American children. The materials that were used in black schools were different than those in white schools…show more content…
The overall solution can be summarized into one phrase by Woodson (1933), “To educate the Negro, we must find out exactly what his background is, what he is today, what his possibilities are, and how to begin with him as he is and make him a better individual of the kind that he is”. This phrase is saying that in order for society to get rid of this broken system of the miseducation of an entire race, we must first learn about the race and how to better reach them. As Tatum (2013) says, “To say that it is not our fault does not relieve us of responsibility, however. We may not have polluted the air, but we need to take responsibility, along with others, for cleaning it up” (pg. 66). The eurocentrism and its effects on our educational system and influence of society is what is holding the African-American community back from their own
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