3 Teachers Fired From D.C. Area Middle School For Teaching Black History (VIDEO)

3 Teachers Fired From D.C. Area Middle School For Teaching Black History (VIDEO)

Teachers at a Washington, D.C. area middle school were fired in front of students after giving their two weeks notice. Howard University Middle Schools social studies teachers resigned en masse, which prompted the schools new principal to issue their pink slips, in class, and have police then escort the teachers from the building. Some parents and students believe this was because the teachers were teaching black history.

Howard University is an HBCU establishment. HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the student population is primarily black, according to ABC 7 Washington. Parents are angry about how the teachers were fired, and bewildered that the administration wouldnt want them to teach black history, given the schools demographic makeup.

One parent said to ABC 7:


The school administration does not want the social studies teachers to teach African-American history. We are on the campus of an HBCU. We need to know our culture. The school is 90 percent African-American.

And a student said:

They were all escorted out by police officers, because they were trying to teach us things about our African heritage, and stuff like that.

NBC 4 Washington reports that the teachers were teaching black history beyond whats in the curriculum. Parents believe thats not sufficient reason to fire the teachers, or make them feel they need to resign. They say that is unacceptable, and theyre right.

NBC 4 quoted Lateefah Bilal, a grandmother who heads up Howard University Middle Schools parent group, as saying:


If you know your culture, if you know from whence you came, it tends to build your self-esteem.

There will be people who say that teaching more black history than deemed appropriate by the schools administration warrants the firing. There will also be those who question why we teach black history at all, when we dont teach white history (hint: We do teach white history. American history in general is white history). Black history is still trivialized here, except for where slavery and parts of the Civil Rights Movement are concerned. These teachers were doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing as educators.

As long as they werent going so far outside the curriculum that it interfered with teaching other things, then whats the problem? And if it does come out that all three social studies teachers were teaching black history to the exclusion of other parts of the curriculum, then was it absolutely necessary for the administration to fire them, and have police escort them from the building, in front of students? They couldnt do it quietly and explain it to the students the following day?

Both ABC 7 and NBC 4 say they were unable to reach anybody at the school for comment. NBC 4 says that D.C. Council Education committee members are looking into the allegations that the teachers were fired for teaching black history, and will release a statement later. They also say that the D.C. Public Charter School Board will release a statement on the matter later on.

Watch ABC 7s report on the situation below:

Featured image via screen capture from ABC 7 report


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  • Matt Begley

    While no teachers should teach anything which is an approved part of curriculum standards, their jobs should be restored and if the school board does not adopt comprehensive history information which is to be taught to all students without catering to parents. then they, themselves, should be fired and replaced.


    • John_Duncan_Yoyo

      Let me get this straight they shouldnt teach the curriculum?

      Going a little beyond the book was always how some of the best discussions went in my memories of school.


    • Shari D

      While no teachers should teach anything which is an approved part of curriculum standards..

      What? That makes absolutely no sense at all. Apparently part of what you intended to say is missing here, because I cant even read between your lines, and I am generally very good at that. Want to clarify?
      As for teaching off the curriculum standards is concerned, you must not be or really know any teachers. I come from four generations of educators, including my niece, and I can tell you curriculum standards generally leave a little leeway for teacher consideration, in teaching the information taylored to the needs of the children in your classroom. Any teacher who simply trots along the party line has no imagination and will be totally uninspiring as an educator. The best teachers I ever had were the ones who went off the beaten path, and are still remembered even today, and I graduated from high school 40 years ago.


  • Neller6557

    Some of the best teachers I have had always went off their curriculum and they are the ones that I remember. I had a teacher spend part of his math lesson teaching about Japanese internment camps which he experienced first hand. This would have been impossible to do today I believe but he was one of the best and most beloved teachers of the school . It was these lessons I remember best and helped me form many opinions about this country including some of negatives as well as positives that have occurred here . I also remember learning and reading about black history in grammar school in the 70s.. Im wondering how children today will be able to form opinions if not given a broad perspective in their education.. I guess they are only interested in people that can follow and not think…


  • rdhded

    U.S. History the Early Years is part of the middle school history curriculum standards….


  • rioderek

    Those teachers were providing information contrary to traditional USA indoctrination curriculum.


    • Martin Schmid

      Also known as brainwashing.


  • Jeanie Horine

    This is just a bait headline. Which seems to be becoming a regular on some of these sites. That stuff is better left to the tea party.
    What is worse is that the posts are becoming the same. A lot of nasty uncalled for remarks, uneducated remarks as well.
    We are better than that so stop the bait headlines, educate yourselves on the subject matter before you post. And be nice. :-
    I have not seen nasty remarks on this post. Sorry for the rant but these headlines are to much.


  • Porkchop

    I see a whole lot of The parents believe but no actual confirmation. No comment from the school or even the teachers themselves. Shouldnt someone trying to pretend to be a journalist at least try and find out if there is an actual story before printing up a poor attempt at a bias piece?


  • enochmubarak

    OUR BLACK HISTORY IS DISGUSTING, SHAMEFUL, EMBARRASSING AND COMPLETELY UNWORTHY…

    1. FEB. BLACK HISTORY MONTH OF FACTS THE YEAR IS 2013

    In the era of a United States black sitting president and when given the choice between entertainment and self respect black people in a slap in the face to their slave ancestors chose entertainment and paid $13.50 a piece to see the movie Django and have the white man call them niggers to their faces over 100 times.

    2. We let Rosa Parks die in poverty, turned our backs on Coretta Scott King as she went homeless and we dont even mention Myrtle Evers or sister Betty Shabazz.

    3. Anything blacks have built, discovered or invented while under the oppression of the slave masters whip is unworthy of praise, celebration or recognition.


  • enochmubarak

    FIRE THEM ALL BECAUSE OUR BLACK HISTORY IS PITIFUL…….

    1. FEB. 2013

    In the era of a United States black sitting president and when given the choice between entertainment and self respect black people in a slap in the face to their slave ancestors chose entertainment and paid $13.50 a piece to see the movie Django and have the white man call them niggers to their faces over 100 times.

    2. We let Rosa Parks die in poverty, turned our backs on Coretta Scott King as she went homeless and we dont even mention Myrtle Evers or sister Betty Shabazz.

    3. Anything blacks have built, discovered or invented while under the oppression of the slave masters whip is unworthy of praise, celebration or recognition.