1: Booker T. and W.E.B.â? Read the poem by Dudley Randall in Chapter 4,
which briefly represents the contrasting views of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois regarding the education of blacks in the antebellum South. Students will respond to W.E.B. Du Bois critique of Washington's theories.
1. To what extent are the issues raised in the poem still relevant today?
2. What should be the primary mission of education?
3. Should the primary mission of education remain constant, or should it change depending upon the economic, social, political, and ideological context of the times? Explain.
4. Who should define the mission of education? Are the economically and politically powerful in the best position to judge what education will best serve the interests of the majority of students? Explain.
5. Is it possible to achieve education for all? Explain.
1. When I read this poem I am immediately drawn to the issue of immigrant children (Mexican or Cuban students are who I am referring to) who grow up in the US education system and then drop out due to the fact that they know they are not able to access college. Many decide to drop out before graduation because they see no value in a diploma. In many parts of the country immigrant children work the fields with their parents; they work in local tiendas for their families, etc. Their cultural differences tend to get in the way of their education sometimes. It is expected that older children take care of younger children, ...
The primary mission of education is debated in this posting.