Kudos to those metro-east public and non-public school districts that are observing and celebrating Black History Month in February. For those school districts that have not already done so, there is still ample time to implement a Black History Month program that would be integral in promoting and supporting diverse and inclusive school-centered learning environments.
A Black History Month program would garner K-12 students invaluable analytical, critical and creative thinking skills through learning about the lives and experiences of African-Americans and the events they were in that have shaped America's history. Additionally, studying history trains students in research, writing and presentation skills. Obtaining these coveted skills prepares K-12 students for future college and career success.
Moreover, a Black History Month program would give K-12 students a better understanding and appreciation of the indomitable spirit of African-Americans, thus providing school districts a doable teaching model of self-determination, pride and ingenuity. That would serve K-12 students well in today's culturally diverse and interconnected world.
Anthony J. Dugan