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Uf ate ‘ we bave noted abovi would ins, ilTa sens? The dog that learns how to bark to scare away thsyelf enemies predators thysslf, to defend itself by biting its attackers and to hunt and to feed itself is an educated dog.

Though these things have been made to appear very complex and abstract, even magical, the bottom lice is that people establish mechanisms to insure the survival of themselves and their kind. At akbaf simplest level, the environment is the source of food, shelter and clothing that are the fun- damental necessities for physical survival.

For example, we know from the study of biology that the body is very much affected by our emotions, and events in our bodies similarly affect our emotions. The popular artist and entertainer Michael Jackson who wrote an autobiography several years ago that was entitled Moonwalk actually dedicated his autobiography to Fred Astaire, a European-American dancer who learned what he learned about dance 8 by the study of African-American dancers.

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Those who have maximum influ- ence over those physical resources are considered to be very powerful. The ideas in From Miseducation to Education caught the imagination many hundreds of people who had never heard of Dr. He could eat if he worked, but he could also work and not eat depending upon the arbitrary decision of a slave mas- ter. In a social order where race, class, even gender are represented as the basis for fundamental differences in people as is certainly the case in American society both young and older learners must leam the message of their particular legacy in order to draw from the inspiration of that legacy.

Being given the names of their masters or from the cultural traditions of their masters actually identified them in very basic ways as the property of their masters.

The same Dick and Jane images which teach the European-American child to read serve to miseducate the African-American child and may in fact actually serve to lead them away from the reading process.


Know Thyself by Na’im Akbar

Though he or she may knwo be immediately conscious of this fact, they are not receiving a true education because they are not being taught their true identi- ty. When people are taught that they are somebody who they are not, then this forms the basis of being miseducated. One component of being miseducated is the consequence of seeing oneself as only an economic animal or the victim of a certain socio-economic environment or even as just the consequence of a set of habits and childhood experiences.

In addition to the moral teachings that emerge from the concept of the soul as the core of the self, the self-concept that is taught takes on a different form. akvar

KNOW THYSELF, by Na’im Akbar, Forward by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III

Gift for xmas from Mom. In this volume, we will refer to the land of the Great Nile Valley Civilization as Kemit as these great African people referred to themselves.

It was depicted as a goddess in Ancient Kemit, but this image was only a physical illustration of a higher prin- ciple that rules in the cosmos. In order to influence the vision, we must have the power of information tjyself well as inspiration. So this model of education that is holistic must respect the soul as being as much a part of our nature as is the body.

Documents and ideals, which define the collective vision of a people, are essential for fostering this process.

Certainly, throughout Africa one finds some form of ancestral recognition, as is the case in most of Asia and most parts of the world, except for Europe. People can be mammals and engage in many animal-like processes of primitive conduct of survival and life. This only receives limited mention in the European 17 educational system, as do all of the other scientific, artistic and philosophical dis- coveries that precede European participation.

Kjow educational system of Africa focussed on moral instruction as the essential part of learning. However, people must first know their particular legacy before they can internalize the universal legacy. In the education of African-Americans there is a need to institu- tionalize rituals such as the Holocaust Museum and annual cycles of celebration and active reenactment of the suffering of our ancestors who endured these expe- riences. The ability to go into tyhself structures, smell the stench, feel the heat and relive the fear and pain that was endured in these places replays the ancestral thhyself of these places.

Know Thyself

The reason that the Study of Origins is so important is because it shows the continuity of the devel- opment of knowledge and how every people have given an invaluable piece to the complex puzzle that is modem life.


The more opportunities that people have to explore the broader dimen- sions of themselves, the more likely they are to discover those sometimes diffi- cult to find assets in the personal self. The vision must assure that all members share a akbad, first of all to their survival, and secondly to their progress. The kind of transpersonal sharing that activates this collective hurt goes considerably beyond the recitation of information about slavery and the hurt of that experience.

For the arduous task of senhng a race thus handicapped, however, the Negro graduate has had little or no training at all.

Zaki rated it it was amazing Aug 09, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. All of these naaim make an effort to identify the higher potential that is in the person and to identify the person with a Divine ori- gin. Instead, we need only keep a mental record an external or internal library of how the cold was avoided w’hen it came before.

People who do not develop respect for that inner core actually can never develop human dignity. We are able to redesign much about the environment that we live in because of our knowledge of its patterns and its cycles. If the name akbr no more than identify the day of ones birth or the nature of the weather it is intended to communicate the connection between the person and the world around her or him.

Remembering is the educational objective of this component of the self. In order to become real- ly human our humanity must be educedbrought forth or brought out. The various studies of science are the tools for trying to understand the patterns and the workings of nature. The Tribal dimension of the self is the ancestral component of ones being. When we look closely at the European-American education system with which we are already quite familiar we see that the fundamental idea behind this system is exactly this objective of self-knowledge.

The proposal that active and deliberate inclusion of the perspective, cultural and his- torical experiences of formerly excluded peoples raises the anger and eyebrows of people who have come to take their exclusive educational approach knw granted.