Bro. Curtis 11/12 History & Media Studies

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Curtis Davis

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In the 2016-2017 school year, the 11th and 12th grade history teacher in the upper school is Curtis Davis.  Curtis Davis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Bro. Davis spent the first half of his life growing up in west Philadelphia, but moved to southwest Philadelphia to attend Pepper middle School.  Bro. Curtis was accepted in to a program called A Better Chance,which helped underprivileged students to to suburban area schools.  The program was misleading and did not prepare children for the array of racism that was in central Pennsylvania, so Bro. Curtis moved back to Philadelphia.  Bro. Davis graduated from John Bartram High School and then attended Penn state University for an undergraduate degree.  While at Penn State University, Bro. Curtis became a proud member of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship Inc.  and received a Bachelors degree in communications: Media Studies and a minor in African and African American Studies. 

During the summer of my undergraduate degree, Bro. Curtis started to teach students and fell in love with teaching.  From those summers, he decided to become a teacher in hope to help students achieve success.  Bro. Curtis taught ten years at Imhotep Institute Charter High School while receiving his Masters degree from Drexel University in Education.  

After the tenth year of teaching at Imhotep, Bro. Curtis moved to Los Angeles, California to only return back to Philadelphia in his passion of teaching.  For the last two years, Bro. Curtis have taught middle school history at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School.  Currently, Bro.Curtis is in the process of getting his doctorate degree from Arcadia University.  

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

In Political Science this year, the course will focus on the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute United States politics. Students will gain an analytical perspective on government and politics in the
United States both by studying the general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and by analyzing specific examples. Modern political issues are rarely one-sided and the examination of multiple viewpoints enhances understanding and critical thinking. The incorporation of the history surrounding current political issues also promotes deeper understanding of the reasons why people hold particular views.

GLOBAL INTERDEPENDENCE

Essential Question of Freedom: What does Global Citizenship require of me to build a world of freedom and justice?

In Political Science this year, the goal of the class is to build college level
readers, writers, and thinkers who are ready to participate in liberatory
discourse on the global level. This seminar is intended to prepare students
prepare members of the Sankofa community as ambassadors to their service
learning destinations and to prepare engage the entire Sankofa community in
developing as global citizens and international freedom fighters. To be
successful servant leader scholars will need to come academically prepared,
intellectually open, and culturally centered.

MEDIA STUDIES

In the United States, information about the world often comes to us through commercial mass media. Media is a powerful tool of education, socialization, and indoctrination that influences our understanding of the world and the way the world functions. It affects how we perceive others and ourselves. Media culture permeates the fabric of our daily lives. 

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