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The Toronto District School Board has approved a proposal for opening Afrocentric schools this year.

The hopes are to help remedy the 40 percent drop out rate amongst black youth.

The African-centred school would teach students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8. It would have more black teachers and mentors, a focus on students’ heritage and more parent involvement.

Students would attend by their own volition.  Further articles here and here.

What do you think?  Is this a massive step backwards, or a new way forward?

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  • Deana March 13, 2008, 3:30 pm

    I think it could be a fine line…but in our political correctness living, I think we’ve sort of forced younger generations to miss out on the beauty of being different. That it is okay to have your own culture, apart from the bigger culture of America…or Canada…or the UK.

    When we were in London a couple of summers ago, we saw a group of students being let out of school, and as they left the doors they started lighting up their cigarettes, and we very quickly gathered that they were all French students. They had their own school right in the heart of Kensington. Around the corner there was a Chinese school. Around the other corner was a school with segregated classes teaching Muslim children, boys classes, and girls classes. Each of these schools saw that there was a necessity for having schooling apart from the English learning the students were doing. They needed the extra schools in order to retain their culture. And they weren’t denying that we are different, and whether they learn it at school or at home or at church or at mosque or at temple or on the streets, they will search out their place in the world.

    Have you ever seen the movie The Boys of Baraka? http://www.theboysofbaraka.com/

    It’s the story of inner city black youth being sent to Africa to go to school. Amazing story.

  • Lon March 14, 2008, 8:34 am

    Hey Deana, thanks for commenting and sharing. my goodness, i didn’t think anyone else on the planet had seen that movie. my wife just dug it out of a rubble of movies no one wanted at the library.

    It was quite the amazing, and sad story at the same time!

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