African History Class Required
Philadelphia my city of birth
|June 9, 2005|
BY SUSAN SNYDER
KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS
PHILADELPHIA -- In what could be a unique move nationally, the Philadelphia School District will require every high school student to take a separate course in African and African-American history to graduate, starting with September's freshman class.
The School Reform Commission voted unanimously in February to offer courses in both areas at every high school, and said it would consider making one or both courses a graduation requirement.
On Wednesday, district officials confirmed that they would mandate a combined African and African-American history course in the 185,000-student district, which is about two-thirds black. The course becomes one of four required social-studies courses, as important as U.S. history, geography and world history.
"Given the history of this country and still given our problems of discrimination and racism, for all of our children to have a more accurate picture of history, a more complete picture of history, is important," said Commissioner Sandra Dungee Glenn.
Funny, this seems like the kind of thing that would create more racism and discrimination.