African American Culture

PLC & Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

Overview of the culture

As a young African American raised within the culture, it is difficult not to mention the challenges and struggles encountered early on in its foundation and the qualities that make it what it is today. The culture, like many others, has characteristics and qualities like behaviors, family values, social values, gender roles, academics, and traditions that establish the identity, the pure essence of African Americans. Young African Americans’ behavior is a reflection and reaction to past treatments, present misconceptions, and future limitations. “Black youth reflect the challenges of inclusion and empowerment in post-civil rights period” (Cohen, 2007). O

History of Culture

Americans with African descent, are perceived in the United States, as a part of a homogenous affiliation. However, African Americans “are diversified according to their degree of assimilation into the mainstream society” (Fisher, 1996). Diversity is a direct reflection of rich cultural beliefs, customs, locations, and countries of origin. By 1988, African Americans made up about 13 percent of United States population, eighty percent of which resided in urban neighborhoods. There were approximately 4 million African Americans within rural locations in 1980, making them the major racial minority group. The statistics reveal that even though African Americans are present in many socioeconomic groups, they were viewed and commonly represented as lower class individuals (Fisher, 1996).

Educational Consideration

Exclusion more than inclusion reflects African American culture in education. As mentioned in many sections above, African Americans have suffered from discrimination, belittling, racial ridicule, and from the beginning the exclusion from education. Due to the view of African Americans, from slavery to discrimination, education was a huge issue and being exposed to the same opportunities of others. It was a struggle for the culture for many years with acceptance and it still exists today. African Americans still today fight for equal accessibility to appropriate education. As mentioned above, there exists an achievement gap between minorities and other cultures due to the lack of studies and practices that develop critical thinking skills for live. Currently practices and programs like full inclusion work to not only factor in cultural and economic differences but also educational.

Essential elements of African American Culture

The Arts

Parental Involvement

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