Chicago, IL – Could one reason explain the disparity in test scores? Cultural bias. Did Columbus really discover America? Did Abraham Lincoln really free the slaves? Was Hippocrates the father of medicine? Are there really 7 continents? What was Washington’s first name? What color are bananas? Why do we compare middle -income white students in affluent schools with low-income Black students in poverty schools? Why don’t we compare the best white students to Black students in high achieving schools or those being homeschooled?
Anyone involved in authentic, respectful education of African American children during the last 30 years can testify to Asa Hilliard’s brilliance. His regard for African-centered ways of examining and
communicating about education was like the West African Sankofa: he saw in front and behind
simultaneously, deeply pursuing the best interests of African American families and children, and sharing his messages in books, articles and speeches. Asa: Honoring His Life and Work looks at what today’s generations need to do to carry forward his mission.
Co-Editors Itihari Toure and James Young-esteemed scholar-professors at universities in Atlanta have gathered the views of four other contributors from the fields of social work, social policy, theology and education: Chike Akua, Charlyne Harper Browne, Sarita Davis and Mark Lomax. Their chapters’ range and breadthgive readers a unique opportunity to delve into principles and practices by which Hilliard demonstrated scholarship and leadership.
Readers will find highly relevant topics, including: standardized testing; valuing a collective stance toward young children; supporting family life when approaching parents; and the fundamental, often overlooked psychology of esteeming African culture and history every single day. Co-editor Toure calls this “The Asafication of educational excellence [which] is a signal that some Africans take seriously our responsibility for intergenerational social transmission, for raising our own children, and for continuing to raise us as a people. We acknowledge the ancient African foundations of deep thought and deep spirituality from which our excellent practices sprang, and from which further development is possible.”
Scholars of education, social policy and theology will find a wealth of discussion points in this book, as will administrators, teachers, psychologists and social workers dedicated to the challenge of bridging gaps between idealism and reality. There are also those for whom Asa: Honoring His Life and Work might reinforce the idea that when we uplift all children’s futures, we make all families’ prospects doable.
Title: Asa: Honoring His Life and Work
Length: 200 pages
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