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Changing The Lens

Professor Jason Arday shares reflections on the importance of diverse voices in education.

CARGO Classroom resources are rooted in a perspective that reframes history for all.

As we have said, CARGO Classroom lessons focus on the achievements, accomplishments and contributions of African and African Diaspora individuals. A fundamental part of that is careful consideration of the way in which the histories are framed. The corner stone of an inclusive curriculum is an awareness of the lenses through which we present each subject and the questions that we ask of it.

In this video Jason Arday, Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Glasgow, talks about the way in which inclusive histories are typically framed within existing curriculums.

Over the following four steps we are going to ask you to take on the role of a student who is being taught CARGO Classroom’s Imhotep lesson. After you have experienced part of a CARGO Classroom, we are going to ask you to reflect on how Imhotep has been framed in this lesson and to consider how this strategy might help a teacher to deliver more inclusive lessons.

Reflecting on Jason’s words, use the comments section below to share:

  • three examples of how African and African Diaspora history was framed by the curriculum you were taught at school
  • three considerations you could make that would help make the framing of your lessons more inclusive
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