African Studies Curriculum

At Philmore, education is the process of harnessing the inner potential, and thus it is imperative to equip our scholars with an awareness of their identity. The term "miseducation" was coined by Dr. Carter G. Woodson to describe the process of systematically depriving African Americans of their knowledge of self. Dr. Woodson believed that miseducation was the root of the problems of the masses of the African-American community and that if the masses of the African-American community were given the correct knowledge and education from the beginning, they would not be in the situation that they find themselves in today.

The teaching of African and African American History and culture incorporates the contributions, culture and influences of Africans and African Americans in shaping the United States and the world.  This curriculum will accurately explain the impact of prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping, and will describe the historical marker points for Africans and African Americans.  This instruction is essential in promoting the appreciation of diversity and in nurturing the practice of democratic values and institutions in a pluralistic society, while helping young people build a sense of self-esteem so necessary for success in our world.

The Rationale

Africans and African Americans have made and continue to make major contributions to the world’s history and cultures. This legacy has its roots in Ancient Africa and adaptations are worldwide. Unique perspectives on freedom, justice, and equality are major portions of this evolving legacy. All African Americans are part of the American dream and reality. African Americans have the right to be educated about their history and all students must know the difference between historical facts, myths and factual and real information. The African and African American Curriculum incorporates a multicultural and multiethnic learning process with the continuing realization that the American dream should be shared by all Americans.

The Vision

The African and African American Infusion Curriculum will enable students to learn about the origins, wealth of contributions, and courage of Africans and African Americans from Ancient Africa to the modern Diaspora in the Americas and other parts of the world. This curriculum will explore significant phases of the African and African American experiences. This curriculum will be academically rigorous to ensure that learning the facts about Africans and African Americans will facilitate respect, understanding, and appreciation of African Americans in Florida’s history and the nation’s rich African American heritage and contributions to Florida, the United States and the world.

The Mission

The African and African American History Infusion Curriculum is a means through which the African American experience will be taught. The curriculum will emanate from a culturally diverse perspective, pro-actively utilizing current methodologies and technologies. African men and women have always been a part of the American dream and reality. This is the didactic goal of teaching students about the rich, and abundant heritage of Africans and African Americans will be accomplished.

Philmore Academy believes that a school centered on teaching the heritage and ancestry, and contributions of African Americans will eliminate the patterns of rejection and alienation that engulf so many African-American school children. Our African studies curriculum begins in kindergarten and gives our scholars the opportunity to learn where they are from to know who they are destined to become.  

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