PETITION TO DEMAND THE INFUSION OF
DR. EDWARD ROBINSON’S AFROCENTRIC COURSES OF STUDY
INTO THE OFFICIAL CURRICULUM OF THE PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL DISTRICT
WHEREAS, Dr. Edward W. Robinson Jr. (4/24/18 - 6/13/12) was a historian, educator, professor, author, lecturer, documentarian, filmmaker, and curriculum specialist who attended Philadelphia’s Central High School, Virginia State College for Negroes (now Virginia State University), Temple University School of Law, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania,
WHEREAS, Dr. Robinson in 1971 headed the Philadelphia School District’s “Ad Hoc Administrative Committee for the Infusion of African and Afro-American History into the Curricula,” which wrote the impressively well-researched book entitled The World of Africans and Afro-Americans,
WHEREAS, Dr. Robinson was joined on this blue-ribbon committee by 23 prominent principals and teachers along with another preeminent scholar, namely Dr. John Henrik Clarke,
WHEREAS, immediately after the aforementioned book was officially approved by the Superintendent of Schools in 1971, 13,000 copies were published by the district but, inexplicably, not one copy was ever distributed to any student,
WHEREAS, it was later discovered that the educationally essential information contained in the aforementioned book was never infused into the general K-8 grade science, math, history, and social studies textbooks used by all the city’s school children,
WHEREAS, Dr. Robinson has repeatedly made it clear that effective infusion must include, in his words, “continual updates by the textbook authors, relevant teacher and community training, and uniform implementation not only for grades K-8 but also as a requirement for high school graduation,”
WHEREAS, Dr. Robinson’s infusion project was officially approved a second time by the School Superintendent, most recently in 2004 but again was never effectively implemented, and
WHEREAS, Dr. Robinson headed the district’s faculty team that taught these kinds of infusion courses to hundreds of teachers in ten-week sessions and those courses had a proven track record of quantifiable and qualitative success, as determined by the district’s Department of Assessment and Accessibility, for the select students fortunate enough to be exposed to such courses,
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, hereby demand that Dr. Robinson’s infusion project be immediately and effectively implemented specifically as he set forth:
This petition closed almost 4 years ago
ATAC respectfully requests the implementation of the much-needed, long-overdue, and previously approved African infusion into the school district curriculum not only as a requirement for high...
ATAC respectfully requests the implementation of the much-needed, long-overdue, and previously approved African infusion into the school district curriculum not only as a requirement for high school graduation but also- and especially- as a requirement for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. In addition to this kindergarten through eighth grade African infusion (covering social studies, science, and mathematics) having been officially approved by the Superintendent most recently in 2005- but inexplicably never having been implemented following that superintendent's departure- more than four decades ago and at the request of another Superintendent, an impressively well-researched book entitled The World of Africans and Afro-Americans was written in 1971 by the "Ad Hoc Administrative Committee for the Infusion of African and Afro-American History into the Curricula." This blue-ribbon committee included 24 prominent principals and teachers along with preeminent scholars Dr. Edward W. Robinson Jr. and Dr. John Henrik Clarke.
Immediately after their book was officially approved, 13,000 copies were published by the district's Instructional Services. But, again inexplicably, not one single copy of that book was ever distributed to any student. And to make matters worse, it was later discovered that the educationally essential information contained in that book was never infused into the general history textbooks used by all the city's school children.
Implementation of the infusion of Dr. Robinson's scholastically vetted research regarding Africa (specifically, Songhai and Ancient Egypt) into each chapter of the school district's required textbooks would immediately benefit all students- black, white, brown, and yellow. In regard to black students, it would increase- and through testing has increased- academic proficiency and would improve- and through observation has improved- behavior. And in regard to white, brown, and yellow, as well as black, students, it will heighten respect of black people by uncovering the beauty, grandeur, and sophistication of ancient Africa and its essential intellectually enlightening contributions to the entire world. It will also decrease the disproportionate educational, societal, and economic ills plaguing blacks not only throughout Philadelphia but also throughout the world.