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How to Improve Education for Young Black Philadelphians
Jun 19, 2012 | News Archive
How to Improve Education for Young Black Philadelphians

The cure for low test scores has already been discovered. So why aren’t we using it? By: Attorney Michael Coard via Phillypost.com


Are Philadelphia’s black children stupid? Why is it that they consistently lag behind all other kids in school? How is it that while 85 percent of Asian, 75 percent of Caucasian, and 55 percent of Latino students are proficient or advanced in math, as determined by this past spring’s Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests, only 53 percent of African-American students are? And in reading, what’s the reason that number is 72 percent for Asians, 70 percent for Caucasians, but just 47 percent for African Americans? Why is it even worse for black fourth- and eighth-graders with 68 percent of those fourth-grade students scoring below basic levels of achievement in reading on the 2009 National Assessment of Education Progress test and 46 percent below the basic levels in math? And for the eighth-graders, why are 58 percent below in reading and 60 percent below in math? Also, why are six of the state’s 10 worst-scoring high schools on the PSSAs predominantly black in Philly? There is one of two explanations for all of this.

The first explanation could be that black youngsters are, in fact, stupid. That means they are genetically predisposed to be at the bottom. The brains of their African ancestors—and therefore the brains of these students—are not as evolved as those of other ethnic groups. Or maybe, just maybe, there’s another reason.









read more here: http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2011/11/15/improve-education-young-black-philadelphians/
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