Black Star Rising

Unit 1 - The Politics of Miseducation

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This collection of resources and activities will deepen your understanding of the relationship between race, ideology and power in the U.S. education system. We begin with an exploration of Carter G. Woodson's The Miseducation of the Negro and link his crusade to combat racist "propaganda" to present-day challenges. Woodson, often referred to as "the father of black history," argued that a system of "miseducation" justified racial violence and discrimination. Although published in 1933, this book continues to speak to contemporary problems.

What you'll love about this unit:

  • Engaging reading material, including primary sources and song lyrics
  • Study questions designed to generate deep discussion 
  • Powerful excerpts from Carter G. Woodson; feminist writer, bell hooks; activist Maude White Katz; and spoken-word legend, Gil Scott-Heron
  • Provocations that explore the challenges of miseducation, desegregation, and the whitewashing of history
  • Enough content for 7 - 10 classes or study sessions

Perfect for individuals, teachers, parents, or study groups! Save a ton of time with this carefully curated unit and lead difficult discussions about why it is absolutely necessary to study Black history and fight miseducation. Two of the lesson plans from this unit are also sold separately. See the catalogue page for details.