Black History Month; Does emphasis on learning about Black History Month fade as students get older?

Kayla LeDoux, staff writer

Black History Month is a period of time for African-Americans, as well as other races, to reflect on great African-American men and women, but has it become a deteriorated celebration in education?

According to a questionnaire given at NKCHS, most people agreed that black history was not discussed enough in high school.

“Black History Month has been ignored ever since we got into high school and all that’s ever talked about is Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King Jr. Rarely ever do teachers teach us anything new about it,” senior BJ Smith said.

In comparison to high school, elementary school kids sing songs in music class, have art projects, and study subjects all in remembrance of black history.

“Coloring pictures on Martin Luther King and doing games is all really juvenile of high school kids, but at least they are making an effort to teach kids,” senior Kevin Hamilton said.

Spanish teacher Joaquin Cuni believes that textbooks are to blame for the lack of recognition during black history month.

“History text books only show the white perspective of things. Speaking about black history implies the recognition of past mistakes and the mistreatment of a group by another. It’s like they want to erase part of the past,” Cuni said.

Though textbooks often try to hide the past, students still make an effort to celebrate.

“Just because the teachers aren’t putting forth an effort doesn’t mean we can’t, there’s always the possibility of creating a club or educating ourselves,” senior Rachel Monroe said.