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Curriculum Studies, The Future of: Essay 2

  • By: Beverly M. Gordon
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

In a 1930 speech, W. E. B. Du Bois reconciled the need for both academic-liberal studies and industrial training as part of the curriculum African American college students needed to confront the realities of the current day and the future. He saw industry, commerce, capital, and credit transforming into a superorganization with global influence and wanted the Black community to be in a position to create its own independent institutions of commerce, capital, and so on and have a role in transforming this superorganization to improve the lives of Black people instead of being enslaved by it.

Eighty years later, the need for a curriculum that prepares students to participate in a diverse society and global community is perhaps even more urgent for poor and ...

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