Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=178084
Story Retrieval Date: 5/19/2013 4:00:20 AM CST
Although critics see cultural curriculum as separatist and unnecessary, educators at Kwame Nkrumah Academy say the opposite. The charter school, located on Chicago's South Side, has an African cultural focus that the staff says provides students with a sense of pride. Teachers and administrators work to embed traditional African heritage into every school day starting with the morning "village circle" on to teaching Swahili and historical African rituals. They say that the lessons their students learn at Kwame Nkrumah, such as responsibility, accountability and respect, will carry throughout the rest of their lives.