New Education Principles 101 Textbook: New Education Principles 101 will revolve around a list of Educational Priorities and selected online essays. Find essays by scrolling down this page. Instructor: Mba Mbulu

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EDUCATIONAL PRIORITIES

(1) We have to prepare educators and teachers who are not afraid or ashamed to act Black and promote a Black reality, a Black world view.

(2) We must establish an independent educational system that revolves around a Black Studies system of education and stresses the importance of an independent Black Power base.

(3) Those of Us who teach within the traditional education system must be daring, creative, assertive and conscious of the legitimacy of Our uniqueness.

Class Assignment

Read Part 2 of the essay on New Education Principles that follows. Be able to relate that essay to the educational priorities listed above. Also be prepared to respond to the following questions.

(1) What does interest in the well-being of Black People have to do with alternative educational priorities?

(2) Differentiate between schooling and education. Explain how some "players" have spearheaded the push toward schooling instead of education?

(3) What is the big difference between a well-educated person and a well-schooled person? Why is one considered a likely threat to a status quo but the other is not?

(4) Why should an alternative approach to education by Black People be dominated by the political conditions that have historically challenged Our people?

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Essay #2: An Introduction to New Education Principles Part 2

All people are created in the same way and have the same right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, all people do not have the same degree of interest in the well-being of Black People. Therefore, We must rely on each other, provide for each other and take care of each other. Education is one of the instruments We must use to do this.

The education of Black individuals must be founded in the well- being of Black People. That does not mean that We have to lie about what took place or create a mythology that revolves around a Black super race, nor does it mean We must degrade other races of people or plan their demise. No, not al all. Our ascent must be a balanced ascent, as balanced as conditions will permit; and it must be based on an objective analysis of what takes place and a vigilant interpretation of that analysis.

In order to best educate Our People, Black People, it would do Us well to analyze the education process in the white world and determine where it has failed its people and its nations. In so doing, We can avoid the errors they made.

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In the white world there are five players in the education arena: (1) the people (2) educators (3) elitists (4) the government and (5) big business. Big business sees education as a process that will produce efficient workers; individuals who can perform business tasks, carry out orders and make decisions that will be good for the "bottom line." Governments are also concerned about efficient workers because governments are major employers in the white world. However, the greater concern of governments is maintaining the status quo. Therefore, the major educational objective of governments is the production of law abiding citizens; individuals who will endure unjust hardships without taking matters into their own hands, and individuals who will frown on "rebels" who attempt to upset the established relationship between those who have and those who have not. The educational objective of elitists, those insecure nerds of etiquette, is to impose the cultural, linguistic, societal and other ethical quirks that they prefer onto all of the people. For some strange reason, they want to tell everybody how to talk, how to look, what clothes to wear and when, etc, and brand those who refuse to follow suit with contemptible terms like "uncouth" and "low-breed". As for educators, their objectives are varied, but they all hinge on the educator's relative allegiance to the status quo. Educators, those individuals whose avowed purpose is to maximize the intellectual powers of their students, can de-prioritize their obligation to students when big business, the government and/or well endowed elitists reward them to do so. As such, educators become big business', the government's and the elite's passageway to the people. It is through educators that the minds of the people are molded by commercial interests, the government and the elite. And the people, what is education to them? It is what educators have told them it is, it is what others who have been educated tell them it is--- the process whereby a person learns what needs to be learned in order to get a job, be a good citizen and/or acquire "class".

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In the white world, not a single player in the education arena is concerned about the proper development of individuals. Improperly developed individuals equate out to improperly developed nations.

There is no education arena in the white world, there is a training arena that is composed of thousands of training facilities called schools and universities. Two processes operate within the walls of these schools and universities. Number one, from the overall group the individuals who seem to be the "smartest" are identified and singled out. Number two, from among the "smartest", the individuals who seem to be the least independent-minded ("team players") and the least strong-willed are again singled out. These are identified as the "cream of the crop" and are sought after by various commercial, governmental and elitist representatives.

[ Note: The second process, number two, is particularly useful to the status quo in regards to Black People because it helps white power players determine which Black individuals can be convinced to join the white team and trusted to rub noses with white power. The function of the Blacks who become members of the white team is to convince the Black masses to not rock the boat, to be patient, to fear white power. Their reward is a comfortable lifestyle, some visibility and a redeemed ego. It would be interesting what some research into the early years of some of these individuals might reveal.]

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The fact that very little education takes place in white schools helps explain why there is an abundance of individuals in the white world who are underdeveloped, anti-social, un-informedly opinionated and disinclined to act. In fact, the white world has caused so many shameful and inadequate images, models and responses to become associated with the term education that We, Black People in the United States, need to coin another term to identify the development of Our people.

Among Black People in the United States, the purpose of education must be the development of Black individuals to the highest degree possible. If Black individuals are highly developed, then the Black Nation will be highly developed. We can not afford to let Our Nation become a training port for businesses, governments, elitists or any other special interest group.

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