Missing Traditions of Black Curricular Thought

  • Susan Jean Mayer
Keywords: race, progressive pedagogical theory, curriculum history


All three of these early 20th century scholars pointedly addressed the central issues at stake for U.S. educators in the brutal aftermath of the abandonment of Reconstruction. In so doing, they provide essential context for the abstract philosophizing of the White progressives and pragmatists of that era. Indeed, in taking constructs such as human equality, intellectual freedom, and cultural pluralism seriously relative to their present circumstances and the unfolding promise of their people in this country, Cooper, Woodson, and Locke have provided insight and direction that continues to be relevant and necessary today.

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