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Rowe, is there a way to destroy anti-intellectualism in American schoolchildren, and in black schoolchildren in particular?

One of my co-workers once said to me that "college isn't for everybody," and I replied, "Jail isn't for everybody either, but a bunch of us end up there." Maybe college isn't for everybody, but I do think that a large number of black children who believe that have no idea how intelligent they are and are just discouraged to find out, whether by peer pressure or by the teachers or principals themselves.
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