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education of black children in crisis
I believe that there should an out cry from women who see their children under educated and passed on from grade to grade with low skills. Enough is enough.

Each year 700,000 students leave school. That is tragic. What happens to them?

Demand more from the teachers. They are poorly trained.

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I think sistas should holla about it more too. A lot of women see stuff go on in the school and just let it happen. I know when I was in school I coudnt even think about stoppin'. My mama wouldve tore my backside to pieces!
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We parents are culpable in the miseducation of our children. When we leave this precious task to relative strangers. When we leave this task to schools rapidly becoming atheistic. When we leave our children to a system that rewards homogeneity and mediocrity then we've pretty much reaped what we've sowed.

I want more for my son and if schools cannot develop him in the appropriate way then I will have to roll up my sleeves and help.

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I hear that home-schooling has been beneficial for a lot of children. But that would also involve parents who know what they are teaching and how to teach.

I know of a few cases where the parents weren't qualified to home-school. Apparently, you are required to follow a guideline (depending on the state you live in - i'm not sure about outside the US), but I'm sure a lot of parents don't follow it to the letter.

But I believe that its not just black women who should be crying out. Black men and the black community should do the same.
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As a teacher let me just say that most teachers are not 'poorly trained' you can't imagined the hoops and hurtles I had to go through to be a teacher in P.A. First a bachelors degree that cost me over 100 grand which is to be expected. Then the Praxis I and Praxis II exams in Reading, Writing, Math, Course and Assesment, and Special Education each exam costs 115$. 3 months of student teaching plus a six month probation period then after this I get a Certification I which is only good for three years. After this time I will have to have an eqivalent Master's level degree and be granted my final teaching certification which is permanent. All this to be paid under 40,000 a year. Well, I didn't go into teaching for the money. Believe me when I say we teachers are trying hard to give our students the best education possible to get them ready not only for the next grade but for the world. We deal with the government intruding on what we can and cannot teach, dictating what should be in our lesson plans and what subjects are more worthy than others. We deal with budgets cuts and the constant digging into our own wallets for basic materials like chalk and pencils. We deal with parents who often can't read or even speak or understand english. Parents who work hours that often don't allow them to participate in any school activities and functions. We deal with behavior problems that require behavior specialist and social workers along with para-professional to be a in our classes which mean more paperwork and reports to be done.We deal with the constant call to get kids with a 1st grade reading level and who should have repeated a grade up to snuff and ready for whatever equivalency test is required for the year so the school can recieve more federal funding. Then at the end of every year we have to wait and see whether or not we'll be teaching the same grade level in the same class or even school next year. Being a teacher is by no means easy but I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I try my best to be apart of these kids lives and do what I can to get them motivated and excited about learning. As a teacher it's my responsibility to do these things but I only see these kids six hours a day. What I teach must be reinforced at home. It's homework for a reason. I've been lucky enough to work with some of the best parents some of my collegues have not been so lucky and some just don't care enough. It takes a village to raise a child we all have to put in the work.
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Great, here we go blaming poor teachers for the lack of education for the "black" youth. The problem is the home life of these children. So many times I had the privilege of befriending kids that was left behind in school because MOM was stuck working two jobs. This mean that the eldest child was forced to come home from school and help the younger siblings with homework, cook dinner, clean the entire house, then is expected to guard the household until mom get off of work. But we as society wonder why these kids can not focus in school. It totally depends on the home life.
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teachers are not to blame, esme is right. the home life is very important and because of the bad situations in most kids home life they just tend to rebel or just want to quiet all positive things in their life. I know I went through it when I was in high school, I wanted to be soo cool and hang out all the time. Well once I got to my junior/senior year in hgh school I woke up, and was like man I want to got o college. My home life was not the best nor the worst. but I reall didnt have anyone pushing me to get an education. I went to high school onmy own for the most part and decied that my future was important so I did want i had to for college. I think most black children need to see success for them to realize they can have it too. In all areas of life. I think if they did they would live a little different. I know that for me to see my step father own his own business meant something to me, and to see my mom be supportive mad me realize black marriage was possible. But over all I think education of black children is in crisis but by doing more of this (discussing it), and apporaching it will help.
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Most of these young uneducated parents do not value an education.Therefore,they have no problem with their children failing.There are kids that know all of the latest songs and dances but do not have basic math and reading skills.If they studied as much as they watch BET(aka soft porn),maybe they would be a little brighter! Priorities are very much out of line in poor Black communities.No one is praised for making good grades.In fact,sometimes kids are harassed for doing well(acting White or lame).It is all about image (clothes,shoes,hair,nails cars).But lets not blame the kids.They are products of their surroundings.Kids are like sponges-they soak up whatever you put them in. That is also the only thing that can be "wrung out"of them.You can't wring orange juice out of a sponge the was placed in water.Our best solution is to find a way to encourage,persuade and convince these poor uneducated women to not get pregnant because they have very little to offer a child.These are the parents of our future inmates,dropouts welfare moms,and other burdens on society.Any Black parent in 2007 that allow their offsprings to enter adulthood unprepared for the adversity that lies before them,has seriously failed them.Unskilled and uneducated adults do not fair well in this country.Those days of unionized "good blue collar "jobs are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
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the truth in education
the problems in edcuation is the lack of effort of all factors, teachers, students, parents and the community itself....just there is good and bad in all people, there is good and bad in education.

the government who forces academics and testing more than the social growth of the child,

the schools who stress more about making a buck (and there are a few),

the teacher who cant handle a group from a different social-economic environment,

the parent who cant or wont admit that they are not good raising kids and need help,

and the student,

who is affected by all these factors and their peers thinking only of the present...and make the wrong decisions.

Education has long been due for an overhaul. The current system is not working and needs to address all cultures and all backgrounds. Not to mention to be more worldly. but the USA is too proud to admit they are wrong and wont look at the mistakes along the way.

So how do u change education?

Change what you know and start anew. Rebuild your community to support everyone including the schools. Dont be a part-time parent since the teacher is not part-time. Applaud success and spread the word.

in short, bring pride and support to everything the child is in and who they are with...the Lord said "Make a joyful noise"....start with our kids and all will change

till all are one...
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EDUCATION must be a family value. Growing up in Mississippi during segregation we were taught that EDUCATION was the key to our future PERIOD.
No jumpshot or rap song, get a Degree and "in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your path." Could go on forever on this topic. I have been raging about this one for years. Our society sees nothing wrong with allocating 7-8 grand a year per child for education and 25-30 grand a year for incarceration. As the mother of a 18 year old AAM, I be damn if he be a hoop shooting stastic. I'll go first... jail or or him...I said it I mean it! I told him, I'll be like Oprah in "Beloved" hell knall, yall can't have my child!
Give him liberty or give me death! Yall know how much blood was shed for me to get a college degree? So what if I gotta shed some too! OOh, I got carried away. He graduates in May with a's and b's in physics and pre cal. Who said a black man can't learn. I'm up to my eyeballs in debt sending him to amilitary academy but it is a far better investment than bling bling. Could be legal bills. Damn That! I let my nails go but I'm keeping my weave! And when I ask is he gonna let my grand kids go to public school, he say "heck KNall! Ok Value Transferred. Job Done! You Go Son! My Son in my Monument! Maya Angelou
Your Truth plus My Truth equals our Reality"
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