Tag Archives: African American

It’s time

4 Feb

Did you know that in 2014 5% of the children in California were Black? More than one out of three of those Black children were disproportionately poor. In 2013 87% of Black fourth-graders were unable to read at grade level.

Let that sink in for a minute. Nearly 90% of Black children were unable to read at grade level past the fourth grade.

Black parents, we have to ask ourselves this question: are 90% of our children inferior in their ability to learn? Or is there something wrong with the system teaching them?

Or better, maybe we should ask ourselves this question:
Is it not time for us to wake up?

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A Wake up Call to Black Parents

28 Jan

As an African American educator it would be irresponsible of me to not educate about students who look like me. Here are just a few sobering statistics on Black boys I learned while attending an advocacy training conference:

1/4 Black boys graduates high school…. 1 in 4

75% of Black kids are raised by single mothers

Failure to medicate (medical neglect) was the top reason for Black boys to be removed from their homes in 2015…. Failure to MEDICATE

Black boys are 4 times as likely as whites to be labeled intellectually disabled (new term for what was formerly known as mental retardation)

I could go on and on. There’s failure to learn to read, suspension and expulsion rates, the school to prison pipeline, on campus policing, etc…. which each warrant their own blog entries at a later date. Today the message is short and sweet. Black parents it’s time you arm yourself with knowledge because you are your child’s #1 and most important advocate.