What is a mis-education? A mis-education is the act or process of miseducating or an incorrect education. In Carter G. Woodson's book The Mis-Education of the Negro , he enlightens us on the conditions in which the Negro had to experience when trying to get an education during the 1900s, and how they put themselves in this predicament. He places emphasis on African Americans who have become dependent and live in an inferior society. This book is a great read and really highlights the pros of having an education opposed to none at all.
I believe this book is a primary research paper mixed with a position paper. He used real world experiences and questions he asked individuals to come up with a conclusion, so that he can determine his position on African American education. The preface informs us on how the author came up with his information. By personally examining different cultures he was able to write his book. It also shows how dedicated the authors to higher education for his fellow African Americans, and his purpose for writing was to help us understand how and why we are letting ourselves be controlled by society. Our most urgent problem would be our disconnection from our heritage, and our lack of resources, which leads to our dependency on someone else. This problem is addressed to African descent that doesn't have the money, knowledge, or resources to live independently, because for so long they were dependent on their masters or others. Lack of economic resources and knowledge of what's going on around us keeps African descendants at the mercy of white Americans with the monopoly over necessary resources such as jobs and education. His reason s for writing are because he is tired of seeing his community fail from lack of an education. The theme of white growth over blacks because of their lack of confidence in themselves and their own abilities. He provides several situations in which he has had real world contact with people who lack education, or people who teach and do not have the means to provide an education to their students.
In addition to colonizing African land, Europeans also colonized African knowledge not just to claim it as their own, but also to disconnect Africans from their heritage and culture. Why? Because people who are cut off from their heritage and culture are more easily manipulated and controlled than people who are not. In chapter 1 , Woodson begins expressing the importance of an educated Negro, who knows about their own culture. During the making of this book, most American schools used teachings in which African American students were taught that they were inferior to the White man. Most schools only taught European History, purposely ignoring any facts related to African Americans. This injustice in schools, as said by Woodson, " W as the worst sort of lynching." He also goes on to express the different education an African American may experience while attending different schools. For example, in schools of journalism Negroes are taught how to edit papers such as the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Places that wouldn't even think of hiring a Negro. He goes on into Chapter 2, where he describes the effects of the Civil War. After the end of slavery , the U.S. govern ment established the Freedmen's Bureau. It was used to provide schooling and other things for former slaves. He goes on to talk about the confusion the followed after the creation of the Bureau. It was undecided as to which education a former slave would require, leading to the well-known debate between Booker T . Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Woodson proposed that all African Americans should be educated in a manne r that would best develop their talents and build up their communities. In chapter 3 and 4 , Woodson argues that about how Whites have been taught that their cultural contributions to American society were sup erior to those of Blacks. He goes on to discuss an African American's ability to make a