Jane Anderson 
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Re: “Rich, Black, Flunking

It's important to remember that Ogbu's research was referring to black failure at this particular privileged high school. He never said it was the reason for all black failure, and I doubt the parents would have called him in if he always found blacks responsible for their own failures. Black organizations that condemn him for these findings only discredit themselves. A true scientist will honestly report all findings, whether those findings support an agenda or not, and Ogbu wants people to trust his research, so he's willing to admit when he didn't find racism. If all you ever find is racism, people stop listening to you, because you are the boy who cries wolf. People will now be more likely to listen when Ogbu does find racism, because he has demonstrated he won't call it where it doesn't exist. I'm aware racism exists, but that's in spite of people like Al Sharpton and Kanye West, not because of them. What I've seen of Shaker Heights speaks volumes, and the school aims to enroll black students and has very enthusiastic, idealistic (and often young) teachers who try hard to make learning fun. They should be rewarded with equally enthusiastic students.

I have taught 1st and 2nd grade in Oakland, and I was surprised at how many kids, even at this young age, would skip school! When I was a child, only the worst kids would skip a class, and that was in middle and high school. NOBODY skipped class in elementary school! If they had, the teacher would have reported this to the parents, who would spank the child. There was also no bribing with toys in my elementary school, which I saw many Oakland teachers doing. The teachers would control classroom behavior by dropping marbles into a jar and, when the jar was full, they'd let the class watch a movie. This technique was sufficient to control the behavior of the entire class, because our parents handled discipline problems at home. It seems some Oakland parents don't understand what's normal.

Watching Sesame Street, and other educational childhood shows, is normal. Playing educational games with your children is normal. Reading your children bedtime stories every night, until they are old enough to read, is normal. YOU are expected to teach your child to read. If you rely solely on the school, his reading skills will be poor. When I learned about plate tectonic theory, as a child, I asked my father why Pangea was not in the Bible. He told me "Because it's a lie. There never was any Pangea, and plate tectonic theory is a lie." I got a D in science that year. The problem is, there is no point in learning a lie, so I just didn't. Your attitude towards your child's education will become their attitude towards it.

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Posted by Jane Anderson on 06/13/2013 at 7:32 PM

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