A Pragmatic Tradition: The Past in Ghanaian EducationAfrica Today (2012)
This paper assesses how recently published Ghanaian social
studies textbooks portray Ghana’s history and traditions.
Unlike many histories written for adults, which urge Ghanaians
to overcome the legacy of colonialism by cultivating
ancient traditions, the textbooks often criticize indigenous
practices and praise colonialism’s consequences. They judge
tradition or culture to be useful, inasmuch as they contribute
to unity and development, but although this pragmatic
approach to education and historical interpretation seems
dismissive of Ghanaian tradition, it is in fact deeply rooted
in Ghana’s past.
- Postcolonialism -- Ghana -- Historiography,
- Ghana -- Politics and government -- 20th century,
- Decolonization -- Ghana,
- Ghana -- Intellectual life
Publication DateWinter 2012
Citation InformationPeterson del Mar, David. "A pragmatic tradition: the past in Ghanaian education." Africa Today 59, no. 2 (2012): 22-38.