I am encouraged to hear about the plans to add a Black and African American Studies course for high school students designed by Dr. Terry Anne Scott of Hood to the Frederick County Public Schools curriculum, as reported by the News-Post on Oct. 22.

Curricula and textbooks around the country have left out the lived experience and contributions of African Americans, not to mention the harsh realities of slavery, Post-Reconstruction backlash including Jim Crow laws and lynching, and the continued documented discrimination in housing, lending, education, encounters with the justice system and employment for African Americans (and other people of color) to this day.

Understanding the experience of other people helps bring people together and helps them find common ground even when they disagree. Furthermore, understanding the influences that operate in society that deny opportunities to people based on race, gender, background and socio-economic status is a great step forward in recognizing how to encourage and enjoy the gifts that each person brings to society.

The truth of our history can help us encourage and provide opportunities to everyone to reach their full potential as community members. Approving this class will include a fuller telling of American history in all of the history classes at FCPS schools, as promised by FCPS. It is not necessary to denigrate one group to recognize the barriers and remove them for another, but it is necessary to understand the forces at play in our society to build a better society for everyone. Kudos to FCPS, to Dr. Scott and to the students who choose to take this class.

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I can think of only one real reason to argue against having this class.


If I am a Cherokee, Lenni Lenape, Mohawk, Choctaw or Seminole, where is my White and American Indian Studies class???[crying]


In the History books. There is extensive coverage of the Indian Wars in our Country, slavery, not so much.


I actually want to learn more about Orientals. And American Indians and Eskimos. And Hispanics. And those of Middle Eastern descent and Indians from India. And folks who live near the Russian Steppes.

And I would like to learn more about women, besides just us men.

It seems I am being discriminated against here! If FCPS kids get BOTH ROSH HOSHHANA and YOM KIPPUR off, where is a Jewish studies class?

Seems discriminatory to single out one ethnicity here for further study and FCPS curriculum inclusion, eh?


None of those were enslaved, and ignored in American History. Seems like you want to keep it that way.


You must have slept through the parts of history classes that taught about slavery, the triangle trade, post civil war, etc. Courses should now include the events of the 600s, but when I was in school, that was covered under current events not history. If there is going to be a separate course a better one would be teaching students about budgets, finance, student loans, time value of money, investing, getting degrees that lead to meaningful jobs, etc.


Right on MD - holy moly!! This stuff is nothing new!! We were taught this stuff in school back in the 70's. All this "woke" stuff is nutsyism. We were woke back in the 70's if you were taught right - not just in school, but by your parents and relatives too! We were taught to respect all peoples - it's also part of the good book we learned in Sunday school.


That should have been the events of the '60s not 600s.


Thank you for your continued public service in so many important areas, Lisa! You are a great leader. Thank you for so positively supporting adoption of this valuable course. Education is, if nothing else, about learning something we don’t already know. We could all learn much that is useful and wise from this wonderful new course. ✌️😊👍



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