Why do we need culturally relevant curriculum?

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In every classroom across the nation, children receive a European centered education and the picture above is just one example. This picture is from our son’s 4th grade McGraw-Hill textbook. Our son’s class is made up of all Black children- the opposite of the above picture.

So what does the above picture express to the class? Do people in communities other that European make a difference? Do people in our non-European families make a difference?

This simple picture is a small window into how education trains children to feel inferior and whites to be superior. We need curriculum change in our schools and we need it NOW!

For ways to change curriculum, view our culturally relevant curriculum toolkit HERE.


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