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Black Thoughts and Theory: The Radio Show- Community Schooling & Our Children?

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What Is Community Schooling & Do We Need It?


Hosted by: Alex Primo & Asha Zuri


When: Thursday, April 14th at 9 pm EST(8 CST, 7 MST & 6 PST)


What would you say if I told you that there were more Black teachers in Texas, percentage-wise, in the late 1800's than in the new millennium? This isn't limited to just Texas; Except for DC, you can bet your bottom dollar that your child will go to a school where the teachers do not look like them. And that's a problem. Because most children are influenced by the people they spend a lot of time with, especially those in positions of authority, like a teacher.


A prime example of Community Schooling is the Oakland Community School; The OCS was one of the most well-known and well-loved programs of the Black Panther Party. Point Five of the Black Panther Party’s original 1966 Ten Point Platform and Program, emphasized the need to provide an education that, among other things, taught African American and poor people about their history in the United States. The OSC was supported by community leaders and families, and became an identifiable and replicable educational model. The school was a critical formulation of the Black Panther Party vision that students would use their education as a stepping-stone to become world changers. Every child was appreciated for her/his innate wisdom and unique talents. A guiding and global principle of the school was The World is Our Classroom. This principle sprung from the school’s philosophy that children at OCS “will learn how, not what, to think”.


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