| SamoneLenior wrote:|
I asked this in another thread but what do blacks in other countries teach their kids about slavery that occurred in their country?
Jamaican Scenario Based on the English Model
Grade 1-6 Primary School take a standardized test and get placed in a high school based on the scores obtained. High school 7-11; General studies covering all subjects 7-9, in Grade 10 choose 5-9 subjects to sit a region wide test (CXC) In grade 11 then get High School Diploma. Sixth Form grades 12-13 get Assocs Degreee/ A levels then head to uni.
SL we are taught a good deal and from grade 3-4 as a part of the social studies curriculum and civics students are told of the many slave rebellions. Oh and the songs get drilled to your head too.
sings *Grandy Nanny of Nanny town symbol of Unity and strength*
We HAVE to trace that Middle passage and write about it. We have plantations still standing, back in my day most town primary and prep school made trips to the White Witch of Rose Halls Estate (in country) or some other estate. Hell the University (main) was a sugar estate, the aqueducts still stand
We have a National Heroes day in October. Movies documentaries etc etc Our Heroes are on the money.
Garveyism is making a come back
People often speak of reparations. Jamaica is heading the Reparations committee
We get the dates drilled in our heads Emancipation Day Independence Day. We have Grand Market (Jamaican towns DO not sleep on Christmas Eve but party and vendors sell in the streets into wee hours of Christmas morning) this has been happening from slavery days.
The folklore and legends are alive and well 3 fingered jack (a powerful murderous slave), Tacky sister of Nanny lead a rebellion.
Rastafari plays a part as well for they are forever burning down the Babylon system (western ways of the world, the white man, the isms and all
Every child by Grade 6 has done at least 4 projects on our National Heroes four of which played pivotal roles in Slave rebellions, and resistance and fighting the nasty red coats
The Young Warriors is a coming of age novel about the maroons who warded of the Red coats all high school children are required to read.
The literature syllabus has an almost equal mix of West Indian Literature (clearly we related to that more) and English Literature
Here's my problem with high school we learn the world history in Grades 7-9 But students have the option to do CXC History and this is where you get the nitty gritty the pics, the why, the slave codes etc etc etc and when it gets to A Level history you dig deeper. But I still think the books smooth over and make it seem like of the Brits were just naughty fellows but they made up for it by giving us freedom (maybe cause many of the publishers are in England)
Is our system and curriculum free from the bonds of colonialism nope.
If mom was here she would better explain this. Sorry for rambling.