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Holistic history: The African diaspora

Holistic history: The African diaspora

Update: 2020-10-28
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Dr. Kim Butler, who leads Rutgers’s Africana Studies program, says that while we usually teach history and social studies in discreet, testable units, events are complex and interconnected. Slavery throughout the Americas was central to the development of capitalism. Dr. Butler describes how working class students often can’t choose a liberal arts education because they have to focus on getting jobs.



















Overview






00:00-00:50 Intros


00:50-05:23 What Africana Studies is


05:23-07:28 Relationship of slavery and capitalism


07:28-10:47 Why all students should take Africana Studies


10:47-14:21 How high schools could do a better job of teaching about the African diaspora


14:21-18:30 Learning about the Western Hemisphere


18:30-22:22 Importance of learning writing skills


22:22-25:57 Impact of “teaching to the test”


25:57-27:39 “Teaching to the test” v. a freer engagement with new ideas


27:39-34:49 Liberal arts education and workforce development


34:49-36:49 Potential impact of Movement for Black Lives on students


36:49-37:57 Critical importance of educators


37:57-39:45 Outro






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Soundtrack by Podington Bear


Image from richmond.edu













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Holistic history: The African diaspora

Holistic history: The African diaspora

Jon Moscow