Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Falsification of African Consciousness - Weekend Academy Special

Web-Conference Weekend 
Academy Special!

AYA offers many courses designed to prepare adults and youth for advanced historical, social, and psychological analysis and synthesis.

Useful for in both the university of life and academic universities, these courses will meet together on the weekends on starting Saturday, Sept. 27th. Register today!

Due to popular demand, we'll offer two special courses as a part of our national web-conference-based Weekend Academy so that student who attend other institutions, home school students, and adults who work can partake.

The two courses are:

Falsification of African Consciousnessbased on the work of Dr. Amos N. Wilson
The course is an introduction to Amos N. Wilson - his mission and his works. The course explores: 

  • How Eurocentric history-writing rationalizes and justifies European oppression of Afrikan peoples
  • How that process creates a  false Afrikan consciousness - one possessed by an alien consciousness that serves those aliens
  • How Afrikans have been socialized to tell our own stories from the Outside-In
  • Shape-shifting: How history-writing (Storytellin') shapes the psychology of our people and each of us individually
  • Time Travel: How manipulating the time dimension of history-writing (Storytellin') affects personal and group power. 
  • Eurocentric history as myth-making which creates historical amnesia in African to rob us of the material, mental, social, and spiritual power to overcome poverty and oppression

  • The power of rediscovery and rewriting (Storytellin' from the inside-out) Afrikan history and achievement of liberation and prosperity by Afrikan peoples

The course also examines how the the alleged mental illnesses and negative behaviors of oppressed Afrikan peoples is a political-economic necessity for the maintenance of White domination and imperialism." It examines how European education in general and the mental health establishment in particular work with the Eurocentric political establishment to misdiagnose, mislabel, and mistreat African people's behavioral reactions to their oppression, and our efforts to win freedom and independence. 

It seem amazing that Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness is 21 years old! So, it's grown now. It can buy spirits and even go to war. We celebrate it's 21st birthday, and we'll update any examples with more recent ones so that students can see the relevance for today.

It's not only a course in for enhanced and relevant critical thinking, it is also for creativity and healing.

Open to parents, community adults, college students, advanced high school students.

Each class will be taught via web-conference.

  • Book: Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness (Amos N. Wilson) (Enrolled in the Course and can't find a decently priced copy? Call me, I'll call Baba Sababu of Afro-World Info-systems)
  • Various supplemental in-class hand outs (pdfs)
  • Local Public Kwanzaa Presentations during the Week of Kwanzaa or approved equivalent
  • Quizzes, papers, discussions, narrative reflections

Fees:    $199.00 for each phase (High school students- $99)
Times: 11:30 AM -1:00 PM (Adults/Youth -Combo) 
Phase I: Sept. 27th - Oct. 25 - Phase II. Nov. 1st - Dec. 6th

Lead Instructor: Wekesa O. Madzimoyo

Five Theories - designed by Osofo Kwesi Atta

AYA Educational Institute

5 – Theories
  1. Theology / Spirituality
  2. Personality
  3. Education
  4. Oppression
  5. Success
--Osofo Kwesi Atta
Course Description:

Five Theories Course is a foundational process for students to begin to think critically about the theories that inform their behavior and life choices.  In this class students will become aware of the theoretical beliefs that shape their understanding
of Divine Reality (God);
of how persons develop to become the personality they are;
of how persons learn and how education is effective;;
of how oppression and racism are created, maintained and how we can eradicate it and become free and sovereign people;
of their specific definitions and measures of success. 
The class is more a facilitated workshop than a lecture course.  AYA believes that when students become clear and articulate in the theories that inform and shape their lives, they are more clear and deliberate in their life choices, understanding the motivating factors for those choices.  They are also able to see the beliefs and theories that inform and impact other persons’ decisions.  These students will be able to dialogue at a theoretical level rather than just at a surface decision level. 
Students will be evaluated on their ability to articulate clearly the theoretical constructs that inform the five structures of the course.  Grading will be based on:
  • Classroom presence and participation          
  • Assignment completion                                  
  • 2-5 page Reflection Papers per Theory          
  • Final Project/Presentation                                

The Instructor/Facilitator

Osofo Kwesi Atta is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he graduated from Winston-Salem State University.  He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University, and then moved to Richmond, Virginia for post-graduate studies in Clinical Pastoral Education.  At the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Common Wealth University, he pursued and obtained certification as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor to help train other clergy in enhanced pastoral skills for grief and intervention.  Over the last 25+ years he has been an educator, a counselor, a diversity consultant, a organization consultant, a pastoral developer, an Afrikan spirituality student and teacher, a mentor-consultant to post graduate students developing their professional theoretical constructs.   Presently, he serves as Director of Clinical Pastoral Education for the Advocate Health Care System in Chicago, IL.  

He is married and the father of three adult daughters. 

Fees:    $199.00 for each phase (High school students- $99)
Times: 11:30 AM -1:00 PM (Adults/Youth -Combo) 

Phase I: TBA
Phase II. TBA

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Guardian Elders

Pre-launch. Please repost! 
AYA is looking for grandparent-aged Africans to be apart of our Guardian Elders program and our Guardian Force. We surround our part-time, full-time, weekend academy students (youth and adults) from 6th grade through college with a Guardian force. We need you. 

This may well be the most rewarding volunteer work that you ever do. Look for more info. In the meantime, if you're interested in learning more or attending a Guardian Elder informational webinar/phone conference, fill out the short interest form here:

Here's a link to a teaser. I'll have to tell the story a bit differently, but for now (pre-launch) you may get the picture:http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/12/16/251672253/why-we-need-grandpas-and-grandmas-part-1.

Join AYA's Guardian Elder force because an elephants head is no load for a child.
 We need you! Flexible. Simple. Powerful. You can participate from where-ever you are in the country!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Does Mike Brown Teach at Your Child's School?

He should be, and at AYA, he does!
Yes, I'm talkin' 'bout the same Michael Brown gunned down in Ferguson.
Stay with me.

Measuring Intelligence

 The real measure of intelligence is not a test score. It's not admittance to a prestigious association that tries to count your gray matter. It is simply and profoundly how well you can solve the problems you, your family, our people, and all people face (in that order).

Our community is beset by many problem, and any real school/education should both prepare and inspire us to solve them. In the news this week is police brutality and the military occupation of the Black community in the US. The latest national reminder is a white policeman killing an unarmed Black youth - Michael Brown.

Black community activist, organizers, and some reluctant politicians have had their say. Many of them denounce the killing of Mike Brown and the Black men killed every 28 hours by "security authorities." (Ghetto Storm)

Where Are The Educators?

Have educators become representatives for the system of oppression? Is your child's educator and advocate or an accomplice? Where are those who you entrusted to educate your child today? What's their position on this issue?

Are they making the connection between math-science-social studies-language arts and our stopping this brutality?

Do they even know how to use the current problems students face as motivators and vehicles for educational excellence?

Are they intentionally directing your child away from Mike Brown to something more pleasant or more acceptable like discussions about Robin Williams or the the NFL because they are not prepared or are fearful of their jobs? Protect their jobs - at our childens' expense?

Did they ask your child to "calm down?" Did they suggest that these racist attacks are justified or at least understandable because our youth are not dressing right, not obeying fast enough, not walking on the sidewalk, not talking right, blah, blah, blah?

Did they shift the burden to you - parents you must have "these "conversations with your child.

What conversations?

"Son, whenever ANY white person asks or demands anything of you, then do it, and do it politely with a hearty "yes, sir." Son, don't be silent, because that makes them nervous. Son, don't be loud because that "makes" them think you're violent." Wear only suits and ties, so they'll know you're not a thug." "Don't go to their homes for help after an accident." "Don't wave the police down for help."

John Henrik Clarke said that oppression teaches that "We're outside of God's grace."

Accomplice or Advocate?

Did the teacher use geometry to show them how better to prove their arguments against brutality, oppression and the conclusion that he was a suspect in a robbery, so the officer was justified?

Did they miss the opportunity to teach these glaring logical fallacies: "argument from omniscience" "argumentum ad ignorantiam," "confusion between "correlation and causation,""non sequitur,"  "observational selection," etc. 

Is the language arts teacher arts teacher using this as an opportunity for them to learn to better write speeches, essays, expository writing by using these as vehicles to express their disdain and/or fears?

Silly me, I forgot but they can't express anger right. They and you can feel it, but can't expresses it at school. they can't use it to fuel their research or work to solve their problems? Is your school a mini Furguson?

Did your school administrator, like your president, call for "calm and hope". Did they ask that your students wait for the American justice system to work it out. After-all, we have a Black President - the most powerful man in the world!

Did the History teacher place Big Mikes' life successes and his murder within the proper historical context of our RESISTANCE to White and White-sponsored violence against African people at the hands of the Klan or the police. State history, US history, International History, Economics  - doesn't matter - Mike Brown is there, we are there.

Ask your child's teacher are they even "allowed" to teach the truth about state-sponsored violence (physical and psychic) against African people. Ask them are they trained to or allowed to connect the subjects their teaching to our community's self-originating desires and aspirations. Go on, ask them.

Any hesitation? Do you know the answers already? Fearful to ask? What must your children feel about asking real questions in that setting?

Educators, are they advocates for our community, or  - in their silence - have they become unwitting accomplices?

Apathy and Alienation

Is it any wonder why our people are apathetic and alienated? We're carefully taught to be apathetic and disconnected under the guise of objectivity, rationality standardized educational excellence. Alienated to serve aliens!

Let's not forget the Mike Browns, Marissa Alexanders, Oscar Grants, Trayvon Martins. They provide yet another educational opportunity to help students excel academically while becoming better WARRIORS, HEALERS AND BUILDERS - educated and motivated to solve the problems that beset our community.

Surviving Without/Submitting

You don't have to wait until your school catches up. After all,
you are you child's first teacher, and you're always their learning director. Even in this climate, you can teach your child to be a responsible handler of power, to survive this brutality without submitting. We can help.

Attend AYA's FREE Wednesdays and Sundays @ 7 webinar and phone conference to learn more about how to do just that!


You may also want to enroll yourself and/or your middle or high school student in AYA's full time, part time or weekend web-conference-based school from anywhere in the country. (www.ayaed.com)

Learn how to teach this way yourself - Enroll in our Following Ariminta (Harriet Tubman) weekend academy class. It's really a methods course. You'll learn how to have Mike Brown, Nat Turner, Fannie Lou Hamer and many others teach in your own formal or informal educational program.

Free webinar and phone conference on Wednesdays and Sundays @ 7pm  (www.anymeeting.com/ayateach)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Malcolm X, Geometry & The Hero With an African Face

Here's a conversation by email with a member of AYA's Warriors-Healers-Builders (WHB) family, Baba Kojo (aka 
Clyde McElven) He's the founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and now CEO of Clyde McElven and Associates Consulting.

Reading is this thing!

Baba Kojo:

As I continue reviewing my books for those depicting African resistance and or building I keep finding gems . One such precious find (or refined) is "Heroes With an African Face" by Clyde W. Ford.

Besides all the ancient African myths and heroes Ford writes about I was delighted with a current story he tells about himself.

As a college student he taught Black children in summer school who were labeled "problem Students. He taught them geometry without a single math book. Instead he used a copy of the speeches of Malcolm X. 

His reasoning was ...these young people ought to learn how to state a case and then construct a logical proof- something Malcolm was extremely good at. He said by the time he started drawing the connection between Malcolm's logic and the business proving two triangles symmetrical, a young student came up to him and said Mr. Ford, I think I know what you're getting at. Can I try teaching the next class.

My thought, Ford must have picked up on Wekesa's spirit.

Wekesa's Reply:

Baba Kojo

Thanks, Baba Kojo.

I love the book as well as one of my early favorites by Clyde Ford: Where Healing Waters Met:  http://bit.ly/wekesa

Why am I not surprised that the Hurston/Wright Foundation under your leadership recognized him in 2006! 

I love his idea to teach students to use proofs to arguments that they want to and need to make. Its an example of using education to stimulate connection to the communities self-originating needs and desires. It is anecdote to alienation, apathy, etc. 

Now that's teaching!

We need that now more than every. That's why we teach methods courses for parents and others who want to know how to educate like that. They are disguised as a history course called Following Araminta & We Will Shoot Back

I'd like to have a group of students interview him about that. I propose that once school starts on Sept. 2nd.

Back in the day, we actually created a summer program called "Dancing Geometry." A dancing instructor choreographed (Keisha Willis)  the group steps as students morphed from on geometric shape to another (i.e. from an isosceles triangle to a scalene, etc.) Once created the dancers would dedicate- in unison - the triangle to a great Afrikan ancestor (Walker, Hurston, Clarke, Septima, etc.) Teaching something about those ancestors and something about the characteristics of each triangle - shape.

Baba, thanks again for the connection and the compliment.

AYA starts our school year in a couple of weeks (Sept. 2nd). Jump on it!

Youth programs - Weekend and Full Day
Adults programs - Weekend Academy (Methods Courses and Study Groups)
Community programs - Warriors-Healers-Builders Retreat

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Mom, take me out of this school !!!!"

Afiya - AYA @ Morris Brown
Things have changed.

Back in the day - when Afiya and I first started home-schooling which was the basis for AYA Educational Institute, our daughters - Sarafina and Ife didn’t like it one bit. Her brothers openly voiced their concern that they were being deprived of socialization.

They protested. They whined.
The conspired against it.
That was then.

In the last 3 days parents are calling saying that their teenagers are asking not to go to public school. At least one is in full-fledged protest mode. A parent in NC shares that she wised that she would have listened when her son was saying: "Mom you gotta get me out of this school." Of course she cared, but had no idea how schools - academically and socially - have changed. She thought his reports were exaggerated, and did nothing.

They reasons for the change from protesting to being taken out of public schools to protesting to BE taken out are as much social as academic.

It’s an aspect of a larger movement that has been going on for some time now. Only most students haven’t openly protested against poor socialization and education, they’ve simply redirected their focus and their interest.

 Hence - poor academic performance. Reduced confidence and ability to solve real-world problems that they and their families face. Note: Test scores have risen during this time. Getting a high test score is easy compared to real thinking, real feeling, real academic engagement that leads to problem solving.

But I digress. The point is our children have been sending smoke signals to tell us for years to fix the schools or get us out of there. Now, they've abandoned smoke signals, and are telling us directly.

We're glad that we ignored our children and created AYA. They are glad too!

As a result we have an option for you whether you want to home-school and need help, or you want to place them in one of our hybrid "clusters."

If your child is sending you signals, or if you get that ache in your stomach when you have to leave them where they are not wanted and cared for, check us out. Our webinars are Wednesdays and Sundays.

The AYA Way
Wednesdays and Sundays @ 7pm Eastern
www.ayanetwork.com/ayateach or phone in:  213-416-1560, Pin: 2 776 739#

Fall semester starts Sept 2nd, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New L.E.A.P. Logo.. What do you think?

 LEAP site

L.E.A.P. is new and we're evolving everyday. We've introduced a new logo.
Haven't heard about L.E.A.P? Click on the logo. What do you think?

New above?
Older one below?

Hold on.. Cause there's more to come.

Rasberry Pi for 201-1015 School Year

AYA is going Raspberry

Wow! A decade an a half into the 21st Century already. We're working to make sure our students and our people are ready. Around the world the governments are pushing to create a generation of creators instead of consumers. As usual, the high consumer and debt based economy of the US lags behind. We're not!

Last year we experimented with Code Academy to help. Now, we're going Raspberry. See Computer Science on Curriculum page more more info.

L.E.A.P. Check it out and pass it on.

L.E.A.P. Introduction and Invitation. Join us. Support us. Let's do this!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

AYA Re-dedicates its Weekend Academy to Trayvon Martin!

We won't forget! We know what we face. We're prepared and motivated.

Web-Conference vs. Website

AYA is not an online school. We're a web-conference based school. Check out the video to see the interaction. Others use the internet to replace human contact. We use it to extend human contact!

AYA's Melanin Mastery Cohorts Forming

AYA Parents, I sent this out last Saturday. The response has been overwhelming. Here are some of the responses: Monica Utsey   I am ONE...