Toronto Considering All Black Schools

Toronto school administrators are examining alternative strategies to cope with issues arising from poor performance of black students in school. Among the alternatives being explored is creation of a black-focused school as well as beginning black-focused programs in three existing schools. A report to these educators suggested an Afrocentric or black-focused school that would be “open to all students, which uses the soources of knowledge and experiences of peoples of African descent as an integral feature of the teaching and learning experience.” Toronto school trustees were urged to explore this alternative last fall by some supporters of Afrocentrism.

If Toronto school authorities are interested in creating a black-focused school all they have to do is wander into New York City or Chicago or St. Louis or any number of urban American schools where the student body and a high percent of teachers and administrators are essentially African American. Afrocentrism has been around for about forty years and there is scant evidence this approach has much of an impact upon academic success in terms of high school graduation or going on to college. One problem with Afrocentrism or Jewish or Italian or Irish Studies is how these topics are taught. If teachers are boring and lecture on and on about Afrocentrism or any topic, student heads soon head toward the desk for a sleep break. The issue facing all children of poverty backgrounds is escaping from the boredom of test preparation and being able to engage with exciting teachers who teach an interesting and relevant curriculum.

  • patrickgamil

    All black schools?
    are you sure mr. headline shocker?

    AFROCENTRIC. Your second paragraph compares apples and oranges (US over last 5 decades/here and now. Yes, we all agree teachers should be boring. I do get bored by panelists in the media repeating the problems.
    Your article here as well as all that I’ve read so far doesn’t actually SAY WHATR THE HECK THE ACTUAL PLAN/CONCEPT/CURRICULUM IS!!!
    How about: we stop blabbering about what it isn’t, and what it shouldn’t be and talk about actual plans. either suggest ideas or report ideas of others.

  • Fred Stopsky

    The evidence is overwhelming if you have any idea about education in any nation in the world. Teaching information rather than CONCEPTS results in bored students. I teach courses in multiculturalism and the goals of Afrocentrism or multiculturalism is stimulating critical thinking, not providing information or a collection of factual data about a group’s supposed glorious past.
    Secondly, I really have no idea what you wish to discuss. I teach about cultures, ethnicity, racism because these are important concepts. Frankly, I don’t see much evidence the Afrocentric idea has impacted African Americans. The enthusiasm of Africentric leaders like Asante just never captured the imagination of students– black or white. I am certain it will get some enthusiasm for a year and then die out in Canada– among students.
    Again, which points do you wish to discuss?

  • Krystal Haille

    I do not think you should make an all black school! You are beeing very very racist! If you make an all black school, you will basically be making more problems concerning racism.

  • Fred Stopsky

    People continue forgetting we already have hundreds of all black schools in major cities. And, everyone complains they are not effective. So, why create another one unless you have some new idea.

  • brandon

    all black school is a good a idea because there wouldnt be as much rasism

  • Fred Stopsky

    We have plenty of all black schools all over America, just visit a large city. There is no evidence such schools do better than integrated ones.

  • Lou

    how are you going to say it will reduce racism?
    It is going to cause controversy in and around Toronto. Different cultures are going to want a school focused on their race. Hispanic schools, Asian schools, Arab schools. It may help Black students but what about everyone else?

  • Fred Stopsky

    I have worked all my life for integrated schools and helped found integrated schools. I am willing, in some cases, to accept some minor examples of all black schools. I certainly don’t want it as the norm.