By definition, history is an account of what has happened, especially in the life of a people, country, etc., or all recorded past events.Using this definition, the American school system should recognize and teach all historical events that pertain to all ethnic groups in our country or at least those events that relate to those students in the school systems, but they do not.The American school system has also failed to serve all learners in other aspects of the classroom.Educators have been failing to respond to the needs of all students.
Although our educational system has greatly improved over the years, there is still a long way to go before we accommodate the needs of students from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The American educational system fails to recognize historical events from non-European cultures as an important part of the curriculum of all students.It is true that some events from Native American and African history are addressed, but it is not nearly enough for minority students to truly understand themselves and their ancestors.As an African American student the only great African American leaders that I remember discussing in school are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harriet Tubman.
Although these are two prominent black figures in African American history, there are many other great leaders who were African or of African descent that are never mentioned in the curriculum.I was never taught about Toussaint L'Overture, Denmark Vessey, or Crispus Attucks, or to take it even farther, Mansa Musa, Queen Nzingha, or Imhotep, who were all great leaders and important figures in African American history.As little Black History today's curriculum addresses, there is less Hispanic, Asian, and Native American history taught in our classrooms.
Course content is not the only are lacking the necessary components needed to benefit all students.Educators are n..