But this culture, of utmost appreciation for education, doesn't exist among African American families. Most black children are now raised by single mothers who are often too busy trying to make ends meet for themselves and their children to pay attention to how their children are getting along in school. Even in two parent households, it is often the case that one parent has to work two jobs to meet the needs of the family and has no time to monitor their children. For this reason, so many black children don't get the support they need at home in order to succeed in school and are more likely to be influenced by negative peer pressure. This is where schools should step in. Instead of condemning black parents for being absent from their children's educational development, we would better off looking at where schools can fill that void. One program, KIPP, has made strides in this regard. With longer school days and significant teacher involvement in student's lives, they've increased test scores and college attendance rates in some low-income communities. Expanding this sort of service to more at-risk students would present some major challenges, especially in the current public education environment. But we can at least learn a thing or two from programs like KIPP and work through those some of those challenges, thus creating a more positive, productive culture among future black adults instead of vilifying their parents for their shortcomings.
What happens when you look at the numbers of college graduates versus ex-cons in the total black male population? This takes the analysis away from a momentary snapshot in time and looks at life histories.
The stereotype is not inaccurate.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
"With me everything turns into mathematics."
"It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well."
"It is truth very certain that, when it is not in one's power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is more probable." -- Rene Descartes
The only tangible things that are accomplished in K-12 today is teaching kids how to vote for democrats and fornicate with one another. I guess in some places they still teach kids how to play sports, but to my mind that's not remotely enough to redeem the evils of the system.
Double talk and malarkey??