D. Wickham writes in USA Today on the achievement gap in African-American boys. He is not the first to write on this topic and will not be the last given how we have historically approached this problem. However, the article it is interesting and is sure to get the dendrites firing. In fact, Andrew Wisdom of
Cincinnati was so fired up by the article that he wrote his own reply into the paper. His reply/thoughts on this matter can be read in the opinion section.
Who Is Responsible
The ownership is on us all to seek out why ANY of our children in this great country are falling through the cracks of our education system. As an educator
and mom, I get fired up over discussions on our education system, as I would hope many if not all of you do as well. One thing agreed upon that Wickham
states, is that we all are stakeholders in this. There is great need for more collaboration and training for educators and the primary caregivers in the home
Easier Said Than Done
This may come across as an “easier said than done” type of situation, but education is meant to challenge and to stretch our intellectual abilities. The path is
not meant to be easy…if that was the case, then why bother learning at all! Many do not feel motivated to act on educational issues in this country, let
alone ones that do not specifically relate to themselves and/or family. However, we all need to invest our time and energy into problem solving
solutions that will address our educational system on a systemic level in order to insure that not only will our young African-American males learn and grow to
be productive members of society, but all of our children as a whole. Whatever your race, political or religious inclination, they are, all of our children
and they are our future!
Read and Stay Informed
Fellow students and I had a plethora of discussions on this topic since our teaching time in an urban classroom. Also during our UDM days, under Dr. Letscher’s tutelage, we read a number of books in this area of concern. Dr. Ruby Payne is just one of the many authors we read and found inspirational on this topic. Write in and share your thoughts, reading material suggestions or websites to visit, so we can all collaborate and raise our nation’s level of education to a
competitive status in our global society.
Together we can make a difference!
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,