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Thursday, July 17, 2008


When we went to the library on Tuesday, Andrew checked out the audio book version of Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner. I was surprised to find out the book was based on the true story of black pioneers who settled in Kansas after the Civil War. It was a captivating story that even I wanted to hear again.

For all the talk about multiculturalism, it seems that the study of black history when I was in school was limited to slavery, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. I will admit that, for me, even those discussions were uncomfortable. I was put off by the remarks that it wasn't all that bad and embarrassed by the expressions of pity.

I want to teach my children about black history from a position of triumph. I want them to know that, with Christ, they too can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I want my children to study black art, music, and literature. I want them to learn about black pioneers, cowboys, inventors, war heroes and activists.

More importantly, I want to walk with my children as they study difficult subjects. I want to be the one to answer their questions and dispel myths they encounter. I don't believe that desire is limited to those in African-American home schools.

With homeschooling, we as parents choose what to teach our children, and how and when we will teach it. That's just one of many benefits of homeschooling.


ravengal said...

So True! Even today, many of the library books we come across are still focused on slavery-based themes.

If you need some suggestions, I'll be happy to share some of our finds.

Carletta said...

I would love to hear your suggestions. Thanks!