CPS Unveils Curriculum for African-American Studies

Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Chicago Tribune, December 12, 2013

Despite a 1990 state law requiring that African-American history be taught in public schools, the subject has been taught sporadically in Chicago, often coming up only during Black History Month or to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

On Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools unveiled a new curriculum guide that will allow teachers to incorporate African and African-American studies into core subjects throughout the year, bringing the district into compliance with the state requirement, officials said.

Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett launched a committee to develop the curriculum after it was brought to her attention during a call-in radio show that CPS was not meeting the terms of the 1990 law, district officials said.

In response, the district put together “a yearlong, interdisciplinary African and African-American studies program that will enrich the understanding and appreciation of African and African-American history and culture to help build stronger and more cohesive student communities,” Byrd-Bennett said in a statement.


[CPS’ chief officer of teaching and learning Annette] Gurley said the curriculum will go beyond the obvious subjects of slavery and civil rights, delving into the contributions of people of African and African-American heritage at the local, national and global level.

That means students will learn about well-known kings and queens from Africa, and lesser-known people who contributed to the city and the state. The curriculum spans kindergarten through 10th grade and subjects including science, math, arts and physical education.


With the majority of the district’s students of Hispanic heritage, the district has begun designing a similar curriculum for Latin and Latin American studies, officials said.

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  • Great kings and queens of Africa?
    Why in 7th grade Tyrone has pubic hair but Billy doesn’t?
    How 6th grader Shaniqua got her baby bump?
    Standardized testing is racist and that’s why DeMarquis got a 15 on the ACT.

    • smedley

      Fifteen, that must be one of dem smart boys.

      • Homo_Occidentalis

        “Smart” is a black dog-whistle slur for “white”.

    • gemjunior

      Yes the “well-known” kings and queens of Africa. That is the most ridiculous nonsense I have ever heard of. The people were still picking bugs off each other. The nonsense is so tiresome, and it will continue as long as any of us respond. We will have to honestly start ignoring the lunacy.

      • They still are picking bugs off each other whenever they’re not too lazy. Remember those old “gibs us dat money fo’ Ethiopia” ads on TV with flies and other crawlies landing on blacks’ faces? I like watching butterflies, but anything else that gets within swatting distance of me is one dead bug. Meanwhile, they just sit there and let ’em land on their faces. Yuk!

    • NeanderthalDNA

      They should go to the chimpout website and just cut and paste the “N#$%%^r World Atlas” as a start.

  • Doubting that the CHICAGO Public Schools don’t already spend a lot of time on black “history?”

    Yep, that’s me.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Afrocentric Lesson #1:

    The Egyptian pharaohs were black men who used to fly around ancient Egypt in planes.

    Sadly the white devils stole their technology and gave credit to the Wright Brothers instead of the RIGHT brothas.

  • Typical Snotty Liberal

    If you don’t want to learn about black people then you are Sexist Intolerant Xenophobic Homophobic Islamophobic Intoerant Antisemitic Bigot. If you don’t want to learn about white people then you are a fine upstanding member of our community. WOOO! UNITE AGAINST RACISM!!!!

    • Katherine McChesney

      You are a toe rag.

    • NeanderthalDNA


    • Cold_Gravy

      Why sexist?

      Move to Africa. If you dare.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Don’t trust her. She’s the sock puppet of one of our more clever posters.

        Which excludes me. Look at MY pic. Not so clever. Your pic is really hard to see – hope you are the guy with the stick.

        • Cold_Gravy

          I don’t trust her. I knew someone was moving her lips. Just wish she would go and live with her heroes.

          I’m afraid most of us here are the victims of the guy with the stick. What you are doesn’t matter, so long as they scream racist whilst they beat you up the media will report it accordingly.

          As for Miss Funnyfanny search for ” the truth about south Africa ”

          24 000 murders per year compared to 170 before the ANC took control and nearly 700 000 rapes per year. Just the sort of place for her to go and live.

  • smedley

    It wouldn’t bother me if they taught an afrocentric curriculum – dat Africa bees like a paradise,wits flying hoopties and hootchies dat give you what you want and gold in dem streets. It might spur a massive counter migration back to the great homeland.

    • Pro_Whitey

      I wish! We can dream, eh?

  • Ragehol .

    Well, since they can’t read and write, they should at least learn something. Sucks that the White man has to pay for it, though.

  • Truthseeker

    You know why the American curriculum has historically focused on white people and white culture? Because the society we live in is descended from generations of white thinking. An education is supposed to train you to be a member of society, and to do so you must understand the historical context of your society. A few low-level black contributors to American history don’t merit special attention, and the history of Africa itself is practically useless toward thriving in America.

    The only thing an honest study of African history might contribute to America today is a framework within which an especially intelligent student can connect the dots and become a race realist. The key word though, is “honest.” I’m sure that any study of Africa in a public high school will make it sound like African contributions to the world were on par with those of the Europeans. These kids will come away thinking that the greatest minds of Africa were on par with Socrates, or that Africa has been on the cutting edge of science, technology and medicine. If anyone dares ask why Africa requires Western financial aid just for many of its people to survive, they’ll be told it’s because of “racism” or some such thing.

    I’m getting tired of Africa being celebrated so much, given how little cultural value it provides.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “With the majority of the district’s students of Hispanic heritage, the
    district has begun designing a similar curriculum for Latin and Latin
    American studies, officials said.”

    So the liberals are admitting that we need to cater our education to the RACE of the student even though race is just a social construct? These are the most insane, hypocritical people that have ever existed. Why do blacks and hispanics need a special curriculum to reflect their cultural and racial backgrounds but not Asians?

    • Anna Tree

      Indeed insane and certainly a path to autonomy and territorial independance. A country needs unity. Soon, the passport will be the only thing in common among US citizens.

      And… isn’t it segregation!?

  • Spartacus

    Animals have no history.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I opened up a real thick book called Great Inventions By Africans.
    All I found were hundreds of blank pages.

    • Spartacus


      • 1stworlder

        Actually that was invented by the anchient incans

      • CoweringCoward

        And there was I think a Swiss patent from the mid 1800’s describing the grinding of peanuts between steam heated conical rollers until a pasty consistency. So there existed a scheme to produce the stuff on an industrial scale many many decades before WC “discovered” peanut butter.

    • I still buy blank notebooks to fill with ideas.

    • Paleoconn

      I can fill in that book. Chapter 1 Knockout Game, Chapter 2 Flash mobs, Chapter 3 Necklacing, Chapter 4 Rap, etc et nauseating cetera.

    • Cold_Gravy

      Google ” black invention myths “

    • According to the book “Hold Back this Day” by Ward Kendall, Africans invented the airplane, and many other common items. The 1st man on the moon was Black. They were able to say this after virtually all whites were disposed of in concentration camps and liquidation centers.

      The whites were all sold out by our white politicians.

      I imagine that this day will come eventually.

  • Strike_Team

    We can all see where this is headed. And of course they note that a similar curriculum is being designed for the “hispanic” students in the district. All of this at the expense of whites, the people who actually did build the US. It would keep going farther each year until history books in every grade school teach that whites did nothing while black and latino giants built the US from the ground up with their grubby hands. Then evil whites came in and stole it from them. I say it would go that far but it won’t, because I believe the country isn’t going to last long enough for school materials to get to that point.

    All of this to build up self esteem of those fun loving tropical peoples. Truth be told blacks and hispanics tend to have self esteem levels that tower over those of whites. Much of it is based in their low intelligence and their inability to see a world larger than their own neighborhoods. But it also partly due to having their tails kissed by the media, academia and more to give them the impression that they are something better or greater than they are.

  • bigone4u

    Stupid white libtards think that a fake black history and a fake brown history will wake up the genius genes in these beasts. Sorry guys, there are no sleeping geniuses. What you see with blacks and Latinos is what you get.

  • Alexandra1973

    You learn plenty about blacks on the evening news, when they talk about a drive-by shooting in the ghetto, or how schools are failing in the inner-city….

    • Katherine McChesney

      Or about another 81 year old White woman killed during a Knock-out ‘game’.

  • M.

    This whole let’s-celebrate-African thing is such a blatant overcompensation. Pathetic!

  • Katherine McChesney

    I’d imagine that Chicago student ALREADY know about blacks…that they are the criminal element of their city.

    • MBlanc46

      Some of the students are criminals.

  • Rhialto

    I find no humor in this account. These Chicago students will be even worse prepared to compete effectively in the workplace, and to advance their political interests by intelligent voting. This policy will hurt both White students and Black students who depend on Public schooling for their education. I think it will hurt the Black even more, as they seldom receive any supplementary education.

  • Luca

    Black History, Chapter 12. This chapter outlines the sad history of Rufus “Stymie” Brown, Thomas Edison’s hapless janitor, who toiled long into the night cleaning Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory and then working on numerous inventions before going to bed. After a hard night’s work Rufus awoke in the morning to find that Edison had stolen his ideas and patented them before he could react. This story has been authenticated by Rufus’ grandson Jamalious “Killer” Winston while he was out on parole last year. Students will be encourage to recite all of Edison’s stolen inventions and rightfully attribute them to poor ol’ Rufus.

    • CoweringCoward

      You better not post that to the grio, it will be in the textbooks before you blink.

  • CoweringCoward

    How else are we going to keep black self esteem at these lofty levels? Foster a sense of entitlement by teaching them the ugly truth? I think not. Weaponized Negros, that is what they are creating, on OUR dime.

  • willbest

    I was in school in IL in the 90’s. The compliance with this provision took the form of Christmas or Easter service at church. As in every year the day after MLK’s birthday we would talk about MLK for about an hour.

    I guess the nice thing about BHO is that they can mix it up a bit now. Maybe do MLK in even years and BHO in odd years.

  • [Guest]

    Following, for what it’s worth, is a picture of the reporter:

    • M.

      Would you consider that girl white? I don’t.
      Let’s stop classifying Arabs as “Caucasian”.

      • [Guest]

        I agree.

        Also, the other side demands reporters who “look like us.” But if I say I want to hear only from reporters whose race, sex, religion, “sexual orientation,” and so on match my own, I’m labelled an intolerant racist, sexist, xenophobe, etc. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

        • ” … the other side demands reporters who “‘look like us'”.

          What I say to others about this subject is things like, “Sure, only a black can cover that story really well,, but only a white is capable of explaining it to majority white audiences, so let’s go with the white reporter.”

          When people respond to these and other types of remarks of mine with with “You’re a racist” I say things like “Maybe so. Now can we get back to having a factual discussion?”

      • IstvanIN

        I barely consider that a girl.

    • MBlanc46

      Thanks for that.

  • Bobbala

    Finally … great black heroes like Nick Fury, Santa Claus and Jesus will get the credit they deserve.

  • JohnEngelman

    Chicago students can learn about African-Americans by reading the crime reports.

    • MBlanc46

      Some of them are even participating in the events that generate the crime reports.

  • GOD

    “With the majority of the district’s students of Hispanic heritage,
    the district has begun designing a similar curriculum for Latin and
    Latin American studies, officials said.”

    Looks like blacks & Hispanics have yet another excuse to clash with one another. Check this out from 1990! : http://www.youtube (DOT)com/watch?v=WHo0gJ6DWPc

    I’m just waiting for the tension between these two groups to continue mounting to a point that exceeds the previous black-White “tensions”. There’s been dozens of clashes/riots in high schools over the years between them and not only out west. This is inevitable for many reasons, with reason number one being: No race/ethnicity/group can co-exist in peace with blacks. Period.

  • Hawking’s motorized wheelchair was stolen and sold for scrap metal as soon as he left the concourse in Lagos.

    • Paleoconn

      Hilarious. He’s lucky he wasn’t necklaced with a tricycle tyre.

  • Perhaps these “students” will be regaled in their P.E. classes with tales of legendary black “afawetes”. The white athletes I like to read about are guys like Carlos Hathcock.

  • MBlanc46

    Just one more nail in the coffin of public education in Chicago.

  • EuroHero

    This article is beyond laughable. So let me get this straight, Shitcago public schools are going to boost the confidence of black students by teaching them about their scientific contributions? Well that will be the shortest class in history since the infamous one room mud/cow-shit hut, and groin cloth were among Africa’s finest technological achievements. Not even blacks will be able to fail that class, no way,….then again who am I kidding? The 1-room mud &cow-shit hut will probably be the main culprit in course failure.

  • Rhialto

    It would take many generations to evolve this level of mental capacity in Africans. This would require thousands of years, so perhaps Hawking is hoping for a very very long life.

  • MBlanc46

    Thanks for that.

    To answer the question, a lot of things changed. I assume that you’re alluding to the great black migration. It did much to change the city, largely for the worse. But it’s not the only factor in our demise.

  • “Chicago Public Schools unveiled a new curriculum guide that will allow
    teachers to incorporate African and African-American studies into core
    subjects throughout the year.”

    It’s over, folks. It really is.

  • Once driving home to Colorado Springs from a visit to my mother’s home in Boulder, I saw a pickup truck going north on the other side of I-25. There were two guys in it, and the truck bed was piled cab-roof high with fresh coyote pelts, secured with cargo netting.

    I sure wouldn’t have wanted those guys after me.

    There was a Finnish sniper who KIA’d about 500 Russians.

    Me: in Croatia I liked making traps with land mines and unexploded aircraft bombs. Det cord is fun because one can have the opposing point man set off a mine and the main charges are under the advancing hostile platoon. We ran one road over and over with a heavy truck and a car, just to make sure it would look OK to the Chetniks before I set the start-mine for the point man. Det cord can also be used to take down trees quickly and easily.

    Now I am father, a vegetable gardener, a welder/machinist, and the pigeon population in northern Colorado Springs is still extinct. I’m a fairly good shot. I just want Civil War Two to start before I am too old to fight. Bleeding out from a gut shot certainly beats cancer or diabetes.

    The last pigeon was the new mate of one of the old ones; I had already shot three of his mates. She settled down on the chimney across from my living room, while the older, wiser one circled and made some distress cries. I shot her with a .177″ pellet with my old Crosman, and she rolled off the roof like a deader in some western “shoot-em-up” movie. After cleaning her, I stuffed her with breadcrumbs, sewed her back up, packed her outside with native clay and baked her in the oven. The clay locks in the juices and pulling it off removes the feathers. We had her on pasta with Alfredo sauce.

    Mr. Hathcock was an excellent Marine.

    • IstvanIN

      There is enough meat in a pigeon worth eating?

      • Not much goes to waste here. We save chicken, turkey and pork bones in a gallon jar in the freezer. When the jar is full, we dump the contents into a big slow-cooker and boil them for three or four days to make soup broth. I fish the boiled bones out and we run the liquid through coffee filters to remove the smaller fragments. Once they are dry, the boiled bones crumble to the touch. These go into the planter barrels as compost. We use the broth for soup stock and for cooking rice, beans, split peas and lentils.

        I doubt my wife will ever suffer from osteoporosis.

  • Cold_Gravy

    If it was worth having it would have been included in the curriculum long ago.

    • I think the notion now is that the Incompetoids should feel good about being stupid. To the libtards, providing African numbskulls with useful job skills isn’t fashionable. Instead, they need to be taught to feel aggrieved.