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Ama Mazama

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Temple University

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Temple University

1601 North Broad Street, Room 206

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,19122

United States

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Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1884. Temple has seven campuses in Pennsylvania, as well as campuses in Rome, Tokyo, Singapore, and London. Temple is among the nation's greatest providers of professional education (in law, medi...more

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A New Pan-African Column | Dr. Molefi Kete Asante

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Professor Ama Mazama, the Sorbonne-trained Afrocentrist from Guadeloupe, who teaches at Temple University in Philadelphia, often says, "They stole our lands and then turned around and stole information about our lands.


Vol. 5, No. 1

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Ama Mazama
Temple University


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Record: Ama Mazama, "African American Homeschooling Practices: Empirical Evidence.
Theory and Research in Education, 14, No. 1 (2016): 26-44. [Abstract] Summary: Mazama, one of the leading researchers on African American homeschooling, is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Programs of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University. In this article, she seeks to investigate the daily instructional practices of African American homeschoolers. Mazama says very directly in her abstract that her findings do not lend credence to that. Mazama and her colleague Garvey Musumunu conducted 74 interviews across a wide geographical area. 29.7% of the respondents came from Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. This was followed by the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia (25.7%), Washington, DC (17.6%), New York (10.8%), Atlanta (8.1%), two cities in South Carolina (6.7%), and a city in Delaware (1.3%). 80% of the interviews were conducted with only the mothers. In addition to the interviews, Mazama also relied on surveys, focus groups, and observations in order to gain the most comprehensive understanding of Black homeschoolers. Mazama found that the mother was the main teacher in 95% of Black homeschools. Like most homeschooling families, the father is usually the breadwinner and the mother stays home with the children. In cases of homeschooling with single mothers, grandparents might step in to teach the children. However, when children are older, Mazama noted that many teach themselves without much involvement on the parent's end since the students developed skills to learn independently. Finally, it is important to mention that Mazama found the parents she interviewed to be very distrustful of public schools. Only 11 of the 74 families opted to take advantage of public school resources, even though they are legally entitled to them. Now Mazama turns her focus to the instructional practices of homeschoolers. Overall, like homeschoolers in general, a variety of practices were found. Mazama divided the spectrum broadly into parents who promulgated child-driven learning and those who practiced adult-driven learning. Mazama described one self-proclaimed Christian couple who terminated their subscription to their online curriculum because it portrayed slavery as "not that bad. Appraisal: Mazama, along with her usual co-author Garvey Lundy (now Musumunu), has published many articles about African American homeschoolers in the past, but none of the others are as complete as this one. This entry was posted in Pedagogy, Race/Ethnicity and tagged Ama Mazama, Temple University. Bookmark the permalink.


More and more black parents are home-schooling their children - Business Insider

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In short, in order to protect their children from school-related racism, more black parents are keeping their kids out of school entirely, writes Ama Mazama, a professor of African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia who has written extensively on home-schooling.
She has dubbed the movement "racial protectionism."


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Ama Mazama, slight in stature and wearing a tightly fastened Ruth Bader Ginsberg ponytail, is revving up an Epson projector on a cold and rainy December morning.
The head of graduate African-American studies at Temple University, Mazama - a self-chosen name that translates to "tender and violent love" - is both gentle and commanding at the head of a class. When she's listening to you, the 48-year-old mother of three squints ever so slightly, as if not quite hearing you or not quite trusting your line of reason. But she politely guides you, in her French-Caribbean accent, to a logical answer nonetheless. Mazama teaches a lesson on cognitive psychology in a classroom that looks ill-equipped for the task: devoid of whiteboards and desks, outfitted with drums and a piano. There's commotion from a dog in the nearby kitchen. Only two pupils are present. The four of us are cloistered in the "music room" within Mazama's three-story stone home in Germantown. As she introduces today's discussion topic - spiritual intelligence - I can't help but think it's a little heavy for her 10-year-old son, Kiamuya, and 13-year-old daughter, Tamu. Minutes later, the three are not only discussing an array of metaphysical ideas; they're doing so bilingually, alternating "okay" with "d'accord. Mazama's kids scribble in their notebooks and exchange occasional giggles, the way children in the back of a traditional classroom would. But their curriculum is far from traditional, even by homeschooling standards. Mazama is known nationally as an Afrocentrist scholar and linguist, a translator of Marcus Garvey, and, increasingly, one of the most prominent voices of an emerging segment of alternative education: black homeschooling. When Mazama started teaching her oldest boy 13 years ago, she says, there was nothing by way of research on the topic. The assumption was that the motivations of homeschooling black Americans were no different from those of the two archetypal camps that were doing so: religious fundamentalists and crunchy-granola progressives. "People assumed they were doing it for the same reason as white parents," Mazama says. But once she started interviewing parents in seven regions across the country, she found otherwise. Black parents were nearly as likely to cite racism (24 percent) as their primary motivation as they were to blame the low quality of education in brick-and-mortar schools (25 percent). When Mazama dug deeper, interviewing parents one-on-one, she reached a more damning conclusion: "Racism was interwoven into every reason why they disengaged." By racism, she means not only bigoted name-calling, but the full gamut of marginalization within schools: the dearth of black teachers; the over-representation of blacks in special education and disciplinary actions; their under-representation in honor tracks; the Eurocentricity of curricula; the 15-point gap in high-school graduation rates between blacks and whites. But the data, however important, wasn't as devastating as what Mazama heard. As much as parents want to believe in American education as the great equalizer, its infrastructure remains skewed for some to succeed and others to fail - or, at best, simply to get by. "It's not necessarily that they stopped believing in quote-unquote the American Dream," says Mazama. With double standards in schools ranging from cash-strapped inner-city institutions to those in posh suburban districts, Mazama found that black parents didn't know where to turn to educate their kids. In her homeschooling, Mazama moves to circumvent that "imposition of whiteness. Aside from a novel each by John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway (she has a soft spot for those stories), her children read no white authors; during the lesson on spiritual intelligence, all the examples in Mazama's PowerPoint were African-American or Native American. "I made a point of not teaching anything from white history, white literature, white nothing," she says. When I ask Mazama what she's heard about a homeschooling center opening up less than a mile from her home, I get one of her gentle, skeptical stares. We're standing in her foyer, the sound of rain pattering outside. She knows nothing about Natural Creativity - a response suggesting that homeschooling is growing too fast for even a researcher to keep up. A racially integrated homeschool experiment like Natural Creativity is another means to expand the growing share of black self-educators, so Mazama is all for it. She points out that Maryland's Prince George's County, the bastion of black upper-middle-class life in America, has a booming black homeschooling population. Mazama doesn't think it's a coincidence. "These are black people who see that there's definitely a problem and they decide to do something about it, to remove themselves physically from that environment," she says. With racial inequality seemingly at every turn of their children's lives, black parents view homeschooling as an opportunity to claim authority over at least one area: education. Consider it a new twist on the old African-American proverb "Each one teach one. Ever the iconoclast, Mazama sees the potential for this movement to ripple out through society: "There was this woman I spoke to who always would say this: 'If all those black men in prison had been homeschooled, they would not have ended up there.'"


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