What parts of Black History do you wish you'd learnt about in school?Watch
Unfortunately, the current curriculum in the UK doesn't have a focus on Black History. I know for me, all I remember learning about in History lessons was the Cold War, Hitler and some bits in between. Not one topic focused on Black History, which definitely needs changing.
Do you wish you had learned about Black History at school? Is there anything in particular you wished you were taught about? I personally would have liked to learn about the Civil Rights Movement. It's such an important part of history that we should be teaching our children.
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I'd certainly like to have covered more African History, especially pre-Transatlantic Slavery. The history of South Africa is now much more popular than it used to be and I think that is a very positive thing.
Most school History curricula are geographically and ethnically very white English, and almost entirely white European/American. I think there's a lot of inclusion work to do if we want a truly diverse history curriculum in this country.
- I would have also have liked to see an in depth look on African people’s lives within their time as part of the British empire, the effects on their homeland and the build up towards the independence movements of the 50s-60s.
- More content on the ignored fronts within Africa and Asia in both WW1 & 2 and the lives of the colonial soldiers who fought in those fronts (Africa and Burma)
- history of both African, Caribbean and Asian migrants‘ lives within Britain during 17th Century to pre-WW2
Although when talking about the trans-Atlantic slave trade like most schools do maybe they could have included some bits about servitude and attitudes towards black in mainland Britain, I feel that that wasn't touched upon much and from other people I know they weren't taught that.
my school also has weekly assemblies on black history month during october (:
- Being one of the few black people who participated in the music department
- Not learning about any black classical composers.
I know all about Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, all great composers of course, but it's hard to name any black composers.