STEP INSIDE

STEP INSIDE

Student Name:

Introduction

At this point in the course, I’m sure you recognize the importance of trying to examine an issue from different angles. This time, we’re examining African-American history – specifically related to public policy.

Purpose

· Provide a structure for perspective taking.

· Develop an empathetic response to another viewpoint.

· Help to understand that one’s perspective often shapes how events are understood.

Instructions

Please complete this activity AFTER you have review all of the topics (textbook reading, video viewing, and quiz) that focus on Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois.

In this assignment, you will think about a person that is a part or connected to the event or situation you are examining. You will place yourself within the event or situation to see things from that point of view.

Step One

First, read the document “Blacks: Education Issues” published on the National Education Association’s site at http://www.nea.org/home/15215.htm

Step Two

Of the four educational issues highlighted in the article “Blacks: Education Issues,” identify the one that you think is the MOST IMPORTANT issue today. Then, support your decision by explaining your reasoning. Respond in the spaces provided below.

Most Important Issue:
Why?

Step Three

You are going to consider HISTORICALLY the two figures discussed in your text: Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Be sure to answer all questions fully and to use support from the text. Do not answer vaguely (vague example: Du Bois cared about Black education). A specific, evidence-supported response demonstrates your deeper understanding of each person’s beliefs.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
What can Booker T. Washington see, observe or notice?
What might Booker T. Washington know, understand, hold true, or believe?
What might Booker T. Washington care deeply about?
What might Booker T. Washington wonder about or question?

Step Four

You are going to consider HISTORICALLY the two figures discussed in your text: Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Be sure to answer all questions fully and to use support from the text. Do not answer vaguely (vague example: Du Bois cared about Black education). A specific, evidence-supported response demonstrates your deeper understanding of each person’s beliefs.

W.E.B. DU BOIS
What can W.E.B. Du Bois see, observe or notice?
What might W.E.B. Du Bois know, understand, hold true, or believe?
What might W.E.B. Du Bois care deeply about?
What might W.E.B. Du Bois wonder about or question?

Step Five

Go online and locate a living individual who you believe has been influential in African-American education and public policy. You’ll need to do research on this – find someone that you feel has made a substantial impact. Consider the fact that “an impact” can be positive OR negative. You may want to begin your research at one of the following sources. You will need the information for Step Six.

Source URL
“African-American Firsts: Education” by Biography.com http://www.biography.com/people/groups/african-american-firsts-education
“50 African-Americans Who Forever Changed Academia” by Online Colleges http://www.onlinecollege.org/50-african-americans-who-forever-changed-academia/

Step Six

Answer the following questions based on the person that you chose and researched in Step Five. BE SURE TO CITE ALL SOURCES.Copying and pasting from the Internet is NOT acceptable – paraphrase in your own words and always cite the source of your information. Respond in the spaces provided below.

What is the name of the person that you chose?
What is this person’s profession?
Why did you choose this person?
What can this person see, observe or notice?
What might the person know, understand, hold true or believe?
What might this person care deeply about?
What might this person wonder about or question?