Learning history, teaches about behavior and events of the past, which helps to avoid past mistakes.
Not only can history be told to help us to understand what is going on in the world, to understand ourselves and others, to understand change, to understand how to be good citizens, to help us make better decisions, but it can also help us to not repeat the past mistakes that have been made.
Sheehan talks about how history can provide us a lesson from the past so that we can live to have a better future (Sheehan, 2005). He discusses the fact that by sharing history with students can make it where moral and practical lessons are being taught so that we know how to behave in the future.
Promotes self-esteem and positive identity which studies have shown foster a greater interest in learning and higher academic achievement among African American students.
The failure to accurately tell the stories of African American achievements and the crucial contributions made by African Americans to the building of America is a substantial factor in sterotyping, prejudice, intolerance, and racism, and enables the spread and effectiveness of white supremacy propaganda.
Recent data gathered by the University of San Bernardino’s, Center for The Study of Hate and Extremism (CSHE), report Hate Crimes Rise 9% in 2018 to Decade High of 2,009 in 30 U.S. Cities, 2019 Also Up, hate crimes in thirty of America’s largest cities rose nine percent in 2018 to a decade high of 2,009.
Blacks and whites both made enormous sacrifices and contributions to help build this nation, we can America. Learning this true history promotes a sense of pride and accomplishment forging a connection to our common roots that heals and binds us together in a common cause for understanding, fairness and equality.
A full and accurate account of American history which fully includes the experiences sacrifices, contributions of African Americans while honest about the cruel inhuman treatment they received from those whites whose sole motivations were greed. At the same time, it’s important to emphasize that most white Americans were opposed to shackle slavery, violence and the harsh mistreatment of blacks.
It is essentially important for the positive growth and development of young children that they have a sense of identity that gives them pride in who they are. Becoming confident successful adults, begins with the constructive growth of self-esteem as children.
Racial identity can affect the self-esteem of a child while they are developing and as a whole. Swanson, Cunningham, Youngblood II and Spencer discussed the fact that children that were taught at a young age about their racial identity were less likely to feel a difference between their personal and group identity …
Sheehan also brings up an important point about using more than one history to teach things so that the history blunders or falsehoods that have been taught can be brought out in the open (Sheehan, 2005). This is extremely important for African American history so that students can learn and understand the history that their ancestors helped to create that helped to make America a better place to live.
Racial socialization has been defined as “the developmental processes by which children acquire the behaviors, perceptions, values, and attitudes of an ethnic group, and come to see themselves and others as members of the group”.
By acquiring behaviors and perceptions and values as one group but more importantly as a whole, students are able to apprehend knowledge and to use this knowledge as a form of power and understanding.
Even though history is full of mistakes and struggle, those things make it even more important to learn and understand so that all students can learn and know that struggle helps us to overcome personal bias and it is unavoidable and imperfect but that it helps us to strive to understand what is really true (Sheehan, 2005).
Sheehan, James J. “How do we learn from history?” (2005). Retrieved from https://www.historians.org.