Really it is. It's funny.
I prefer to keep the discussion "alive" by responding with accomplishments you've made in the black community, NOT repeat the same helpless question: 'What is we gon' DO in our commUNNNITY to help our childrens!?!?!'
No. That's not a conversation. That is a cry for help. We already KNOW how to cry for help. The black community has been crying for help for too long.
Since before I was a member of this discussion board I've taught in several schools in several cities in two states. 8 out of every 10 schools I've taught in were 99% black with over 98% of the student population on free and reduced lunch. You would be MORTIFIED how many black children don't know how to read or are reading below grade level. You'd be even more shocked at how much of their own history they didn't know exist.
I reached an average of 95% of every class I've taught by IMPACTING across the board. Even as I type this post I'm preparing to transfer to another inner city school where I can reach more young black minds. How do I make an impact? By exposing black children to reality. Preparing them to take on the world rather than be a victim of it. These kids already know they're a statistic waiting to happen. What they REALLY need to know at an early age is exactly HOW to build their future with the dreams they have NOW.
As it stands the core curriculum of many schools are not designed tap into a child's current talent. The core curriculum isn't designed to reflect reality. It's designed to follow a narrow framework of which many black children will only absorb a minimal amount, which is why so many inner city schools are performing below the national standard.
Figure it out--Either reach them in the classroom or reach them in an after school program outside of a public school framework if you're afraid to teach in a classroom. These are the only two places you can effectively reach these kids on a daily basis because they need structure on a daily basis.