Philadelphia schools will require all students to pass a yearlong African-American and African history class in order to graduate. In theory, studying “their” history will lead black students, who make up 65 percent of enrollment, to feel pride and will boost achievement and reduce violence in schools.
Amritas begs to differ. Well, actually, he’s not begging. He questions the credentials of the African history course designer and his use of linguistics, as well as the idea that 21st century people should feel proud of what people who looked sort of like them did centuries ago, maybe.