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Monday, September 1, 2008

Institutionalized racism, dumb kids or something in between- why the disparage in test scores among minority students?

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  • I do think that institutionalized racism plays a huge part, but I do believe that with enough work at home to make up for the differences that may hinder AA children in school, they can score higher on tests and achieve better grades.

    It seems that there is a lot of information and resources that are not made readily available to the AA community that can help children succeed.

    For example, I recently learned that our son who has been struggling in reading needs vision therapy. His problems with his eyes were greatly impacting his ability to focus and to see correctly. Although his vision is 20/20 his eyes are not working together properly. We expect to see great improvement with vision therapy, but if it had not been for another AA mother sharing this information with me, I would have not known or would have discovered it much later.

    I wonder how many little AA boys in Philadelphia, who are having difficulty focusing and struggling in reading have this problem with their eyes but it will never be diagnosed and they will be labeled as slow learners and never achieve to their full potential simply because their parents didn't know and were not told and none of the adminitrators in school cared?

    This is a sad thought to me. I believe that there is a lot "in between" that we have to roll up our sleeves and pick up our shuvles to find (or pray that we are fortunate enough for someone who cares to hand us a piece of valuable information to help our children)

    By Blogger Humbly Opinionated, At September 22, 2008 at 5:13 AM  

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