An Analysis of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois' Proposed Education System to the Prevalent System

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Abstract Education is the most important part of any individual's life. It shapes characters and builds personalities, introvert and extrovert, pessimistic and optimistic, loving and aggressive. For a better society an improved educational system is a must, a system based on ethics and knowledge. The paper examines the work and educational principles of W.E.B. Dubois and then compares his proposed system to the currently prevalent educational system. Introduction William Edward Burghardt Du Bois is one of the greatest African Americans in history. He was born, 23rd February 1868 in Massachusetts. Du Bois had an unusual life, in the sense that in his early years he knew nothing of the racial discrimination prevalent in the South. He lived a life of privilege for a black in U.S. He faced neither outright discrimination nor economic difficulties. He graduated as a Valedictorian and the only colored student and even went on to become the first black to secure a doctorate degree in history, from Harvard. It was during graduation that he got first taste of the racial prejudice prevalent in the American society. He began educating himself in the history of discrimination. He took a Bachelor's degree from Fisk University, where he came face to face with racism and frequent lynching or name calling. He vowed to elevate the status of his race and help solve what he referred to as, the 'Negro problem.' At Fisk he was part of the Mozart society, editor of college newspaper and a

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