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Educating the Whole Child in a Segregated Society

posted on February 7, 2014

Educating the Whole Child in a Segregated Society

The demands of the 21st century require a new way of approaching education policy and practice; a “whole child” approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement. What if policymakers made decisions about education policy by first asking: what works best for children? Answering that question pushes us to redefine what a successful learner is and how we measure success. For a 70-year period, when America cared little about the education of African Americans and discrimination was law and custom, the Bordentown School was an educational utopia that WAS answering this question and creating “whole child” learners in a segregated society. Analyze how the Bordentown community fostered a well-rounded education for African American students with this resource from Hudson West. This resource is designed for grades 9-12.  

Tags: Black History Month education educators history segregation Social Studies teachers

Subjects: Social Studies


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