descent. Recent developments in the U.S. show a disturbing trend: conservative revisions to textbooks and the banning of books and Ethnic Studies courses in places like North Carolina, Texas and Arizona reflect the ideologies that continue to shape school curricula as well as the continuous assault on multicultural education.
We fail Black children everyday when we send them to school to learn everything about everyone else and nothing about their own history and culture. We fail children of all backgrounds when we avoid teaching about race and the diversity of the human experience. Studies have shown that a culturally grounded school curriculum improves self-image among Black students as well as academic performance across other subjects. Undoubtedly, the biased curricula in mainstream school systems is a major source of alienation, withdrawal, academic failure and anti-black racism. We have seen the costs of miseducation. This is why we exist.
Now is the perfect time to engage our young people in a critical examination of Black history and culture. The high school dropout rate, school closings, escalating violence, racism in social media and politics, and dwindling numbers of teachers of color are clear signs that we are currently facing a crisis of epic proportions. Our curriculum won't solve these problems in isolation, but we are certain that we have designed a relevant Black history curriculum that is thoroughly engaging, enlightening and transformative.