I can't pretend to be an expert on K-12 education. I don't know how certain topics of history and social studies are introduced, and at what pace. So I really shouldn't say that "culture lessons" (whatever, that means) would be inappropriate.
My arguments seem to have come off as indicating that subjects that aren't reading, math, and science are superfluous. This was not my intent.
The summary of my thoughts at this point:
- The point of this entire program is to help close the gap of achievement between black and white students. How are these achievement gaps measured? Typically by scores in subjects such as reading, science, and math. What I don't understand, then, is how history and "culture" lessons will affect this, regardless of the cultural focus.
- As far as history goes, I'm certainly not against offering students lessons in African history (in high school they ought to be optional). But I have a problem with any world history course. Considering how poorly some people understand American history, why is there such a fuss to add in other histories? Can we agree that people should understand their own history before worrying about international histories?
- By setting different standards for black and white students, what kind of message are we sending?