Posted on August 19, 2010, by Bonnie, under Core values, education.
I’m probably going to get in trouble for this post, but what-the-hey.
I was visiting with a guy the other day about why young black males do or don’t succeed in school. He had posted an article that expressed the opinion that increasing a young black males likelihood of success would require that we “invest” more resources. Come on … really? We aren’t spending enough already?
One of the key quotes in the article was this, “Overall, a trend suggests that when black males are learning in environments that are not marked by a high incidence of … low educational performance overall, they are more likely to succeed.” Well, duh! If you don’t hang around with dunces you tend to not become one. If your friends care about school you tend to care also. Where is the rocket science in this???
But even still the thought remains out there that it is societies fault … that it’s the schools fault … that it’s the white guys’ fault. Never a word about it being the kids fault for picking stupid friends or for valuing a hip-hop mentality over an education. Heaven forbid that a parent should be criticized for presenting a world view that keeps their kids down and gives them nothing of value to strive for.
We have a friend who is a beautiful black woman. She is divorced, has a gaggle of kids, and the kids go to school in an economically depressed area. But you know what? Everyone one of those kids is excelling!!! So what gives? The truth is that this parent demands more from her kids than the average poor family. She doesn’t let her kids play around with just anyone they want – if the new friend is a gang member want-a-be, she says ”absolutely not”. And they are heavily involved in their church.
Her success has just got to drive the progressives nuts!
Here’s the post if you want to read it yourselves. http://www.thegrio.com/specials/making-the-grade/how-black-male-student-underachievement-is-reversible.php