To Educate A People: Thoughts From the Center by Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti

Self-control is a considerable indicator of maturity.

In a state of war where close proximity exists between friend and foe, silence can be considered one of the most important of these values. The ability to be silent, to quietly listen and consciously reflect on what one hears, comes as a result of being able to control self. But, at the same time, self-control is gained through silence. Nonetheless, the silence we are speaking of here is an interactive one. This silence, the silence of a Warrior, involves controlling one’s tongue in the presence of potentially treasonous and enemy ears.

Note, also that spoilage is not conducive to silence because silence requires both a willful acceptance of the instruction of others and a selfless desire to do for the larger community which, during times of war, requires listening for and to the enemy, as well as fulfilling roles which require stealthy observation and movement. Those who are spoiled are respecters of no authority except through force of threat of personal loss. They see no reason to sacrifice their words for the community’s sake. (pg. 130)

Warriors need to know how to think about building and maintaining homeschooling programs and other educational institutions. For it is only within such settings that we can draw out the kind and level of consciousness, intelligence and worthiness of character that will be required of our children in order for them to fulfill their mission of continuing the process of building a sovereign future for us. The Warriors among us know that this education must be fully defined from a visionary Afrikan center. To Educate A People offers a functional foundation for this endeavor. It provides a thinking platform upon which we can positively, productively engage this ReAfrikanization process. Essentially, it looks at how Warriors must think about creating spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically sacred spaces in which our children can naturally learn about their power and its responsible use in service to our people. Though the primary focus here is on the children, it is about the education of adults also.

We, as a people, require a comprehensive education, an education that incorporates everyone. More specifically, this book investigates the Afrikan Way of learning by looking to our untainted tradition to ascertain the reason, method and vision of Afrikan education. We look to our source, our center, our ancient self to determine just what we should mean when speaking of education. It also examines the fundamental causes of why we are having this discussion now. We must delve into the problems facing us in this insanity as we work to ensure the proper, empowered education of ourselves, our children, our community and our nation. And, finally, it brings up solutions to these problems. These solutions involve the creation of solvent Afrikan spaces as well as knowingly acquiring and employing the materials and methods required to teach our Warriors-in-Training to become independent, empowered and sovereign. As responsible educators, we must create the conditions which allow Afrikan intelligence and power can thrive without compromise. We must become better thinkers and doers so that our children’s minds can more naturally move closer to those of our Ancestors.

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