Mentoring: A Glue that Binds African Traditions and Should be Shared with Homeschoolers


When the subject of conversation turns to rich culture and traditions, Africa would definitely be a part of that discussion for an internet homeschooler’s curriculum. And with the voyage of Africans to the Great Americas, our people have endured so much-poverty, discrimination, racism and numerous other attacks. The society, as it seemed, had waged war against our race but they were resilient. And now that we are among a different nation, it is imperative that we as African Americans uphold our traditions.

Just looking at how we as African Americans survived the slavery and intolerance against ourselves, most would grow to respect our people. But what made us pliant to all these trials? Was it keeping our traditions? If it was, how did our traditions reach the modern day African American internet homeschooler’s? Handing down these customs to younger generations meant having someone teach the ways of the old. This is where mentoring comes into homeschooling.

Mentoring is simply defined as a process where an experienced individual gives support and encouragement to a person who has less experience. The mentor in an internet homeschooler’s environment then serves as the advisor though his or her example and guidance. Mentoring should be informal or formal, normally depending on circumstances in our homeschool. The most engaging field trip would be to schedule a 15 session with a successful or prominent African American in your city to talk with you internet homeschoolers about the importance of our history upon his or her successes.

With formal/informal mentoring among African Americans, the mentor should be the guide of the student on his academic works. He or she should also guide the student to community affairs which aim to maintain their traditions through several factors such as faith, music, poetry, and others. It could also be as serious as coping with racial discrimination and how to be confident despite the environmental circumstances.

But what are the traditions that need to be handed down to the next generation in our homeschooler’s environment? Looking at the younger generations of African Americans now, we can conclude that they have gone a long way and have improved immensely in all aspects. Confidence and self-worth is a great part of African American mentoring in our homeschools. What is there to be ashamed about our culture anyway? We are a great people and we value close family ties, respect for the elderly and we excel in arts, government, finance, education and sports among many other areas of society.

Due to this need for mentoring among the African American race, 100 Black Men, Inc. was born in 1963. Its purpose is to improve African American lives in a community full of other nationalities. Currently, there are famous members such as Denzel Washington, Bill Cosby, Michael Jordan to name a few examples to be shared in our internet homeschooler’s classes. Outside the organization we have , Ophra Winfrey, Cicley Tyson, Barbara Jordan, and Maya Angelou as a wealth of greatness among our community to share in homeschooler’s studies.

Mentoring was and still is an essential duty of this organization. One of their programs intended that children ages nine until post secondary learning would get holistic knowledge through some rites of passage which includes preparation of the males for their manhood. Also, the subjects cover aspects of heritage, family, etiquette, survival and other skills, and even faith. Resource management, athletics and tutoring are also essential parts of the learning process.

By taking part in such mentoring activities or providing similar activities at home, our young African Americans would develop a better understanding of his or her culture. Pride and self-esteem would also be established without disrespecting other colors or race a vital foundation for any home.

The mentoring process, in general, teaches respect and appreciation for the African culture. By knowing the rich history and contemporary assets of our people, we are better able to keep and protect what rightfully belongs to us which no amount or form of slavery would be able or has been able to corrupt.

A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it.
Frederick Douglass

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2 thoughts on “Mentoring: A Glue that Binds African Traditions and Should be Shared with Homeschoolers

  1. I have looked at many sites and not come across a site like yours that tells everyone about everything they need to know. I have added you to my bookmarks,can anyone else suggest other related topics that I can search so I can find out more information about home school cirriculum.

    • I’m working on finding more direct links for my visitors such as yourself…thanks for the comment. One very good site is for newbie writers and veterans as well: http://www.ResourcesForChildrensWriters.com; my voice for children becoming writers is loud and proud as I have several budding homeschoolers who want to write. If you come across any resources you feel would help others fel free to email me or comment here.

      Daviyd

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