The first installment of the trials, tribulations and celebrations of Adeola’s homeschooling journey.
19th Safar 1440
I suppose this is a cry for help as well as a question. As a homeschooling mum who is proudly African I often find myself in conflict with teaching my roots as a lesson, so yesterday I decided I wanted to switch up our history lessons, teach the children the history of one people, I wanted to start from their ancient history to what they were doing during in the middle ages and ending in where they are now, I wanted to explore their crimes and punishments, loom at their queens and kings and so I choose the ideal people to do it on……yes you guessed it, or maybe you didn’t, the British.
So, why not the Africans? My husband asked me when I ran my new idea passed him, well firstly the British have documented, easily accessible history in books on line and so on, and I like their crazy history, it fascinates me that they had such crazy punishments and such crazy rulers and the scandals are so delicious. With movies and cartoons to support the lessons, why not? I asked. I had looked for African resources and found it all overwhelming too itty bitty and not as clear as British history and after all we live in Britain, it’d be useful to understand the people Right?
After debating the issue we went to bed and I woke up realising that I couldn’t teach my children an in depth study of another people, but where does one start with African history? There are however many people and tribes, with however many languages, how does one teach the history of a continent the way one teaches the history of a people? Do I teach my tribe or all tribes? How do I make Africa one family when the family bonds are already broken? Do I teach the glory of the Egyptians though we share colour but not blood with the Egyptians? So am I not still teaching the history of another people?
Should Africa be taught as a people or as a continent and how does one teach African history? In fact what is African history? Even teaching Advanced Mathematics feels easier than navigating the complexity of teaching the history of the Africans.
I am still researching, looking at the options and maybe I shall soon have my eureka moment, but for now the history of the British looks very delectable.