Costs of establishing Africentric high schools in Toronto

Less than fifty years after the last racially segregated school in Ontario closed its doors, another one will open – but this time by choice. The Toronto District School Board approved the creation of an Africentric high school, to open once they find space or a school willing to share quarters. It won’t be easy. The project was put on hold last year when parents were furious at the notion.

I’m not sure if this is necessarily a set-back for Black rights but it certainly makes you question why the need to re-introduce segregation after spending so long fighting to end it. Proponents of this idea claim that it helps students feel more self-confident, have a sense of belonging and have even boosted academic grades.

But at what cost? At the steep price of telling these students that it’s easier and better to create your own separate school than learn to integrate with the rest of the population. Maybe that will be too difficult so soon we will be hearing demands for Africentric universities and even workplaces.

I’m not trying to minimize the benefits of these schools but I feel strongly that we should not be reverting back to old ways. How will students learn about different cultures, religions and races when the only people in their schools are all the same culture, religion or race? How do you learn to get along with diverse types of people if you grew up segregated?

Instead of segregation, we should be encouraging schools to promote inclusion when there is a mix of races, religions and cultures in the school. If students can’t attend a non-segregated school without feeling lost and out-of-place, then schools have a bigger responsibility to make students feel a sense of belonging. If Black families want their kids to receive a certain type of education about some aspects of their history and culture, then let’s incorporate those subjects into the classroom.

As Canadians, we often pride ourselves due to our multiculturalism. Let’s not revert back to archaic ways and instead promote inclusiveness, not segregation.

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One response to “Costs of establishing Africentric high schools in Toronto

  1. The establishment of an Afrocentric school is a phenomenal accomplishment because it is a pivitol step in givning black people back their original voice. In America, we have been subjected to Hellenistic or Westerinzed education for so long that we have forgotten that education began in the Mystery Schools of Egypt, then became re-authenticated with the Morrish kingdom betwwen 711-1240, in fact the first college was there called the Arcade of Hez. Timbuktu becaume the Academic center of the world in 1000 AD and thirsty minds would venture there to be taught at the feet of black intellectuals. Humanity’s legacy tells us that half of human history already passed before Europeans could read and write and its becuase the Moors were defeated by the Turks and the Mongoloids that we are 500 years behind in civilization. Even St. Augustine, an African taught Europeans Christianity as well as Cyprian who was one of the first bishop martyrs and Tertullian who was one of the first church writers who made Latin the language of Christianity. Both were Carthaginian and St. Athanasius is who the Athanasian Creed is named after through which Constantine legallized religion. My point is that Afrocentric education invented the core concepts of humanity, academia, religion and science. So instituting a modern day Afrocentric school would reconnect us with our roots, showing us we are the orignators of academics and it would provide a forum that would allow the true geniuses of the world to do once more what they did in the beginning, invent the knowledge and philosophy that will change the world. There is a reason why the greatest accomplishments in learning happened through settings that were exclusively black, it is long over due for this process to be duplicated.

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