Unbank the Fire
Visions for the Education of African American Children
In her highly acclaimed work Black Children, Janice Hale argued that the difficulties many African American children have in school result from differences in learning style that are deeply rooted in African American culture. Now, in Unbank the Fire, Hale asks a new question: What sorts of extraordinary measures are needed to overcome these differences and let black children reach their full potential in school and beyond? Her answer: none.
"I named this book Unbank the Fire," Hale writes, "because I do not believe that extraordinary measures are called for to assist African American children in reaching their potential. All that is necessary is for this society to remove the ashes that historically and presently stunt their development."
About the Author
Janice E. Hale is currently professor of early childhood education at Wayne State University. She is the author of Black Children: Their Roots, Culture, and Learning Styles and the founder of Visions for Children, a demonstration school designed to facilitate the intellectual devlopment of African American preschool children.
"For too long parents, educators, and administrators have allowed the sparks of learning in African American children to be covered by excuses, denials, and side-steps. To reverse these patterns of academic failure among urban Black youth, Janice Hale makes it clear we must first unbank the fire."
|Johns Hopkins University Press|
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