The issue of Afrocentric schools is one that is interesting in the broader debate about public education because it incorporates elements of race in a way that has not been done in a long time. The Toronto District School Board, in a special meeting in January of 2008 voted slightly in favor of establishing a three-year pilot program to test the effectiveness of the Afrocentric school idea in Toronto, a city that is clearly marked by multicultural and diverse students, including those that are black.
[...] For this reason, perhaps the decision to grant Afrocentric schools a pilot-project is a good idea as it will but theory into practice and show how the idea plays out in reality. What the schools boards need to do now is ensure that the pilot-project is done right, by making sure that the environment is safe. This means that the project needs to be implemented in a way that does not attract calls of racism. It cannot be levied in a way that makes the public believe it is an attempt to hide the black population from everybody else, and it must be done in a way that matches solutions to problems. [...]
[...] Let us go back to the example of the immigrant being asked those questions. We must deconstruct why it is that people in Canada have a negative impression of other ethnicities? How privilege becomes manifested in the moment (how and why is it constituted), and how the relationship of oppressed/oppressor exists in social relations all over the country in everyday life? By doing this we will uncover the changes that need to be made in the way our strategies toward racism need to be re-examined, and perhaps this will lead to Afrocentric schooling. [...]
[...] The arguments for Afrocentric schools are clear, they are a way of providing targeted education to those students who might be oppressed in direct or indirect ways under the current system. However, the arguments against it are also strong as they assert that these schools will only serve to isolate the black community and this will cause them long-term harm. It is a debate that claims harm will be levied on both sides, if the other does not bow to the other's requests. [...]
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