How Parents and Teachers Should Teach Children About Slavery

[Editor's Note: Is the history of slavery in America something that can be taught in elementary schools? I wish there were a simple answer for that. In two separate incidents during the past month -- in Georgia and New York -- public school teachers have been in the news for assigning math problems which flippantly mentioned slaves, asking children to do arithmetic involving beatings, whippings, and deaths. And the most ironic part? February is Black History Month. ...more
I am a parent of a 4 year old and her pre-school class has been learning about slavery as part ...more

The Me Nobody Knew Then

In recent years, psychologists have advocated for models of child development that give central consideration to the role of culture and socio-economic status in shaping the way a child views the world and functions within it. Yvette Harris and James Graham, author of the 2007 book, "The African American Child: Development and Challenges," argue that this is especially important for understanding children of color. ...more

You're right, Candelaria, it is difficult. I think I've been struggleing for a way to talk about ...more

DonorsChoose Challenge: Help kids become historians

A popular African proverb counsels, "Until lions have historians, hunters will always be heroes." Today, I am asking BlogHer readers to help two groups of young lions get excited about studying history by experiencing it first-hand. ...more