Constructive Learning Model
What is the BluePrint?
Customizable Pedagogical strategies for any classroom.
On April 30th, 2019 a bill supporting the inclusion of African American Studies in Public School Curriculum (HB 7081) was presented to Connecticut legislatures. The need for this bill stems from a recognized lack of consistent information regarding the contributions of African Americans in the American story. In a sense education represents the final frontier of the civil rights struggle in this country. But new research indicates that the problem may lie in the story itself; because its inherent inaccuracies stem from a time when the other voices were being excluded from the courtroom, the school house or any national forum in this nation. When the restrictions were lifted, the dye was cast and the narrative and agenda of White Nationalists fixed. The problem with this story, is that the African American identity remains trapped in a continuum of ever evolving forms of captivity in a “caste-like” culture of people who through slavery, conquest, or colonization have been involuntarily incorporated into a society…Ogbu (2003) For nearly a century we’ve struggled to root out discrimination without realizing that it was literally what we were teaching.
The BluePrint provides a foundation for revising Curriculum, by asking educators to participate with students in the process of discovery. In Social Studies it replaces the over generalized master slave narrative with an American story that reflects the collective struggles of Whites and Blacks to Perfect our Union. In STEM it replaces the survival of the fittest theory of evolution with the theory of growth and evolution through differentiation. The idea that living things evolve according to predetermined designs and that as these living things develop through time, differentiation takes places as part of their specific patterns of development. Ancient records are referred to as prehistoric observations, so that students develop a sense of continuity and connection between ancestral Philosophies and contemporary scientific observations.
A Model backed by Research
Researchers believe that historical trauma functions as a public narrative for particular groups or communities that connects present-day experiences and circumstances to the trauma so as to influence health. A number of empirical studies have shown that groups who have histories of trauma are more vulnerable to diminished psychological health in later generations. Kellermann’s (2001a, 2001b)
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