“On one side of that fork are people who are working very hard like you to ensure that every child has access to an education,” [Dudley]Flood said. “On the other side of that fork, there are people who are working much harder than you at ensuring that education is limited, that only a few people will profit from it.” NCNewsline, 10/9/23
Read in entirety, – Black scholars: Teachers shouldn’t cave to pressure to restrict lessons about U.S. racial history – https://ncnewsline.com/2023/10/09/educators-must-not-cower-at-legislative-pressure-to-restrict-lessons-about-americas-racial-history/
From the article – America’s educators must not cower before lawmakers attempting to restrict what they teach students about America’s racial history, author and education reformer Lisa Delpit told hundreds of teachers attending the annual Color of Education summit in Raleigh on Saturday.
Delpit, the author of the groundbreaking book, “Multiplication Is for White People” said teachers must engage in the kind of “fugitive pedagogy” that educators used during the Jim Crow era to get around mandated curricula that hid the truth about America’s racist past and the enormous contributions Black people have made to the nation.
Coined by scholar Jarvis Givens, “fugitive pedagogy” refers to the subversive strategies Black educators used to teach students the skills to think and to survive despite a system of education that was designed to only prepare them for manual labor, Delpit said.
“Those of us who can, should push the boundaries and build an underground railroad of education and save those children who are being sacrificed by the larger system, not through direct violence [as in the past], but by the insidiousness of neglecting the elements that we know give them life,” Delpit said.