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  1. #1 Why don't we have a Cultural Month? 
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    Why do we only have a black history month in America? Shouldn't America be a diverse country so that we should celebrate more than one cultural other than just black history month



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sum1bor3d
    Why do we only have a black history month in America? Shouldn't America be a diverse country so that we should celebrate more than one cultural other than just black history month

    The idea behind it I believe was to combat the discrimination against African Americans based on stereotypes that were rampant in the USA not too long. It is probably fairly obsolete as a concept now, but a better question is why African American history isn't taught along with American history in general. Constraining it to a single month instead of integrating it into American history classes as a whole makes it seem less important.
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    African Americans weren't the only people being discriminated back then.. foreigners were treated unfairly as well >_>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sum1bor3d
    African Americans weren't the only people being discriminated back then.. foreigners were treated unfairly as well >_>
    We're talking about the 60s-70s here not over a hundred years ago, moreover immigration issues used to be an urban only problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    but a better question is why African American history isn't taught along with American history in general.
    Why do you say it isn't taught? When my kids were in school I looked at their history books and got the impression Harriet Tubman was more important than George Washington. They teach the 3 Rs - Racism, Recycling and Rainforests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
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    but a better question is why African American history isn't taught along with American history in general.
    Why do you say it isn't taught? When my kids were in school I looked at their history books and got the impression Harriet Tubman was more important than George Washington. They teach the 3 Rs - Racism, Recycling and Rainforests.
    Education varies so much from state to state that it is hard to make generalizations, but I feel that often the focus is only put on race issues during black history month. I've never quite understood the focus of American history classes, they seem to focus intensively on memorizing quotations and famous moments rather than on really learning the reasoning behind those historical moments. Most of what is taught to children is next to useless until they reach high school anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
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    Education varies so much from state to state that it is hard to make generalizations, but I feel that often the focus is only put on race issues during black history month. I've never quite understood the focus of American history classes, they seem to focus intensively on memorizing quotations and famous moments rather than on really learning the reasoning behind those historical moments. Most of what is taught to children is next to useless until they reach high school anyway.
    Now I see you are from Montreal. Did you attend school in the USA or what are you basing your statements on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
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    Education varies so much from state to state that it is hard to make generalizations, but I feel that often the focus is only put on race issues during black history month. I've never quite understood the focus of American history classes, they seem to focus intensively on memorizing quotations and famous moments rather than on really learning the reasoning behind those historical moments. Most of what is taught to children is next to useless until they reach high school anyway.
    Now I see you are from Montreal. Did you attend school in the USA or what are you basing your statements on?
    Black history month is instituted in Canada as well actually lol, and I have family in the USA and travel back and forth quite often. Mostly just on my general impression of how history is taught in USA and my experience with Americans which I of course know several of, I feel it is just as bad in Canada though. Montreal is one hour from the US border it's not like I'm talking about an alien land I've never been to .
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Black history month is instituted in Canada as well actually lol, and I have family in the USA and travel back and forth quite often. Mostly just on my general impression of how history is taught in USA and my experience with Americans which I of course know several of, I feel it is just as bad in Canada though. Montreal is one hour from the US border it's not like I'm talking about an alien land I've never been to .
    Then it's all hearsay? I had no idea what they were teaching in the US schools until I actually looked at their textbooks, and I live here.
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    I come from a family of teachers, but yes I will admit I lack first hand experience on the matter. However, it is difficult to find curriculums online, but I was able to find this one http://www.americanheritage.org/elementary.html and it only seems to have one chapter that discusses cultural issues, I can't varify how common a curriculum this is, or how representative it is. It seems absurdly patriotic.

    As far as I understand it there is a lot of variety in what is taught between states, so it would be difficult for anyone who isn't actively involved in studying pedagogy in the USA to make completely accurate statements on the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    I come from a family of teachers,
    That explains a lot.
    I was able to find this one http://www.americanheritage.org/elementary.html and it only seems to have one chapter that discusses cultural issues, I can't varify how common a curriculum this is, or how representative it is. It seems absurdly patriotic.
    I'd love to see that curriculum taught in American public schools. I'd be surprised to find it used much except home schools.
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    What about the Japanese issue back in the 1940s during World War 2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sum1bor3d
    What about the Japanese issue back in the 1940s during World War 2?
    Which Japanese issue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Quote Originally Posted by Sum1bor3d
    What about the Japanese issue back in the 1940s during World War 2?
    Which Japanese issue?
    The one where they sent Japanese people to camps in America and even after that there were still people who hated them so they were lynched by KKKs and other racial groups that hated foreigners.

    My point is why should America be only sorry towards the African Americans but not the other Foreigners that they caused trouble to in the past. So in this case if the reason for Black History Month is

    The idea behind it I believe was to combat the discrimination against African Americans based on stereotypes that were rampant in the USA not too long.
    then why not combat the discrimination against other minoirties
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sum1bor3d
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    What about the Japanese issue back in the 1940s during World War 2?
    Which Japanese issue?
    The one where they sent Japanese people to camps in America and even after that there were still people who hated them so they were lynched by KKKs and other racial groups that hated foreigners.

    My point is why should America be only sorry towards the African Americans but not the other Foreigners that they caused trouble to in the past. So in this case if the reason for Black History Month is

    The idea behind it I believe was to combat the discrimination against African Americans based on stereotypes that were rampant in the USA not too long.
    then why not combat the discrimination against other minoirties
    I believe most children's media is directed towards this these days, sesame street has been doing it for decades, and now we have shows like Dora the explorer using hispanic characters in positive positions. Multiculturalism has been strongly integrated into American society in recent years, that is why I said earlier that black history month may be obsolete these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sum1bor3d
    My point is why should America be only sorry towards the African Americans but not the other Foreigners that they caused trouble to in the past.
    I did not realise that native Americans felt sorry for the British, Germans, French, Spanish, Italians, and various other assorted invaders who caused trouble in the past. It is always a delight to learn something new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    Quote Originally Posted by Sum1bor3d
    My point is why should America be only sorry towards the African Americans but not the other Foreigners that they caused trouble to in the past.
    I did not realise that native Americans felt sorry for the British, Germans, French, Spanish, Italians, and various other assorted invaders who caused trouble in the past. It is always a delight to learn something new.
    A narrow perspective on the relationship between natives and Europeans. In Quebec the Huron and Algonquin natives welcomed the French with open arms to aid them in their war with the Iroquois nations. They were nomadic and had no concept of landownership so they were quite happy content to allow the French to build cities. It is often a misconception that the Europeans arrived and disrupted the peaceful lives of the natives, in fact the North East was a constant battleground between those tribes. You can't really invade a land which has no owner either. So many people think of the native tribes of North America as homogenized savages that just lived off the land and were taken advantage of by the superior Europeans, not taking into consideration that they were developed societies that often engaged in elaborate militaristic and economic alliances with the Europeans for their own gain.

    However, the USA did engage in several campains that amount to pretty much ethnic cleansing of the natives later on.

    Most natives today would identify themselves as Canadian or American just as much as any person of European decent, in fact most of them are of mixed ethnicities today. Also, I don't believe there were ever any Italian colonies in the Americas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sum1bor3d
    Why do we only have a black history month in America? Shouldn't America be a diverse country so that we should celebrate more than one cultural other than just black history month

    A month? Thats a while isn't it? What about a month for women? And then men? For religious folk, for sciency folks, for white history, for Spanish history?

    Why not one day for us all to express our views and show our histories collectivley so we can all learn from each others mistakes and triumphs as to better the future for the future history.
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
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    Technically this month is women's history month, just the only history month that gains popular attention is black history month.

    In montreal we have a provincial memorial day of violence against women, because a chauvenist shot 13 female engineering students in the 80s.
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