An African-centered Education
Chapter 4. Locating the Caravan to Egypt
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“It’s called the principle of favorability, beginner’s luck. Because life wants you to achieve your destiny,” the old king had said. (Coelho & Clarke, 1988/1933, p. 35)
This extensive review of the literature gave me significant insight into and respect toward the intrinsic human desire of African Americans for self-determination. I feel that the “principle of favorability” has gifted me with fundamental information that peeled back the layers around this educational model. Like Santiago, I was feeling that luck was on my side and was assisting me in answering the question that I had posed at the onset of this search. I felt that I wanted to understand the perceived value of this educational model on the lives of African American students. I wanted to address the following questions: Is there more for students to gain from this educational model than just higher grades? Does this educational model enhance self-concept and increase life’s opportunities for students who attend an African-centered school for a majority of their educational career?
However, I believed the question I really needed to ask was this: “How do African American students who have graduated from an African-centered school perceive that school experience in retrospect?” I take a moment to reflect on The Alchemist once again. As Santiago steps out to fulfill his dream, ← 33 | 34 → he encounters an old man whose name is Melchizedek. Melchizedek informs...
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