Caren Onanda, Young Black Teachers Network
“…the notion that we should all forsake attachment to race and/or cultural identity and be “just humans” within the framework of white supremacy, has usually meant that subordinate groups must surrender their identities, beliefs, values, and assimilate by adopting the values and beliefs of privileged-class whites, rather than promoting racial harmony [.]This thinking has created a fierce cultural protectionism.”
Bell Hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism.
The short answer to this question is yes, of course we do. We need to continuously adapt and develop what we teach at every stage of education, so that the learners, and their histories, are reflected in their learning experience.
However, the true answer is much more nuanced and complex. The real question should be…why do we need a more diverse curriculum?