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Re: “Rich, Black, Flunking

In response to the trend of 'under-teaching' Black students, Ogbu asks, "What do you expect them to do?" At Georgia State Univ., Dr. Hilliard is successfully teaching teachers how to teach. Apparently, there are specific strategies a school system can use to address the complex needs of all our children. Imagine that.

It sounds like a lot of people don't really know how to do what they are doing. Many of our teachers don't know how to teach EVERY child in their class. Many of our school systems don't allow a GOOD teacher or student to really thrive. Many of our tests don’t accurately measure application and understanding, and reflect the actual curricula students have been given. Many of our parents don't know how to facilitate learning and relate academic success to overall success in life. Many of our children do not know HOW to learn, and unfortunately our schools don't teach them, which leads us back to the top of the paragraph.

As a society, we have to address these ills on every level. What if we don't?

Who do our youth look up to, and what are their hopes for the future? These are questions that should be looked into with further research, and within all family discussions, as it is surely shaping the day-to-day decisions in our schools and communities.

For goodness sake, can we please start capitalizing Black when referring to people/culture? It's bad enough we're being called a color, but that makes it a proper noun.

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Posted by ampersand on 10/10/2010 at 1:20 PM

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