More Than 100,000 African American Parents are  Now Homeschooling Their Children

 

By Jawanza Kunjufu, Ph.D. African American Images, Inc. A Communications Company | 9/27/2013, 6 a.m.
There is a 30 percent racial gap in schools, but there is no racial gap in reading if taught in the home and only a 5 percent gap in math.
 

We hear so much about the plight of Black children and their low test scores. We have not heard that African American children who are homeschooled are scoring at the 82 percent in reading and 77 percent in math. This is 30-40 percent above their counterparts being taught in school. There is a 30 percent racial gap in schools, but there is no racial gap in reading if taught in the home and only a 5 percent gap in math.

What explains the success of African American students being taught by their parents? I believe that it’s love and high expectations. I am reminded of Booker T. Washington High School.

They were honored several years ago for producing the greatest turnaround as a Recovery school.

The principal had the opportunity to pick and choose her staff and emphatically stated, “If you want to teach in this school you must love the students”. Researchers love promoting that the racial gap isbased on income, marital status, and the educational background of the parents. Seldom, if ever, dothey research the impact of love and high expectations.

Since the landmark decision, Brown vs. Topeka in 1954, there has been a 66 percent decline in African American teachers. Many African American students are in classrooms where they are not loved, liked, or respected. Their culture is not honored and bonding is not considered. They are given low expectations - which helps to explain how students can be promoted from one grade to another without mastery of the content.

There are so many benefits to homeschooling beyond academics. Most schools spend more than 33% of the day disciplining students. And bullying has become a significant issue.

One of every 6 Black males is suspended and large numbers are given Ritalin and placed in Special Education. These problems seldom, if ever, exist in the Homeschool environment.

Another major benefit is the summer months. Research shows that there is a 3 year gap between White and Black students. Some students do not read or are involved in any academic endeavor during the summer. Those students lose 36 months or 3 years if you multiply 3 months times 12 years (grades first -12) Homeschool parents do not allow academics to be forsaken for 3 months.

Finally, in the homeschool environment, parents are allowed to teach their children values. Large numbers of parents are teaching their children faith based morals and principals.

And many are teaching their children with the Africentric curriculum SETCLAE. These children are being taught truths like, Columbus did not discover America; Abraham Lincoln did not free the slaves; Hippocrates was not the father of medicine and that African history did not begin on a plantation, but on a pyramid.

Until public schools give more love, higher expectations, better classroom management, greater time on task throughout the entire year, values and the SETCLAE curriculum, we can expect to continue to see an increase in African American parents homeschooling their children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

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In 3rd grade my teacher told us to write 10 book reports over the summer.  I put it off and put it off and then wrote them in the last two weeks before summer ended.  Then they did not collect them.  I was SO MAD!

 

But I didn't find anything I wanted to read until 4th grade.  No one ever suggested science fiction and they didn't teach science in grade school.

 

So why don't we create a list for Black kids.  One thing we can finally be sure of.  Technology is just going to get more complicated.

 

Black Man's Burden (1961) by Mack Reynolds
http://sfgospel.typepad.com/sf...ia-and-progress.html
http://www.feedbooks.com/book/4826/black-man-s-burden

Border, Breed Nor Birth (1963) by Mack Reynolds
http://www.readbookonline.net/read/44240/93267/

 

The Fourth R (1959) by George O. Smith
http://www.digilibraries.com/e...118993/The_Fourth_R/

The Cosmic Computer (1958) by H. Beam Piper
http://librivox.org/the-cosmic...ter-by-h-beam-piper/
http://www.ebooktakeaway.com/t...ter_henry_beam_piper

 

Now there is tons of stuff to be found for just downloading.  No time wasted walking to the library.

 

http://www.e-reading.biz/author.php?letter=A

 

Xum

  To me?  Home schooling is DANGEROUS.  Cuz it doesn't teach socialization to our children.  And often parents are not available to assist with class or homework cuz many times they do not KNOW how to do it.  You can only get so much from computer tutorials and online teaching.  Even though our school system is jacked, I still think public school or a place where a student leaves their home and engage in typical generation contact with groups of people is HEALTHY.  When you start pulling kids out of school away from their peers and into a system with there is no interaction and socializing...,.again that is very dangerous. And a reciepe for disaster.   Cuz once you isolate, you can manipulate thinking and behavior.  And since children have it bad anyway....this will make it FAR FAR worse.  Cuz then you have to deal with those who have a lack of empathy, sympathy, compassion, common sense-all the componens which makes a human...normal and you acquire by being around other people-can't get this from a computer,  Cuz these are the elements that allows critical thinking...but!  Once it's just the computer and the child, the stage is being set up for social failure.  It has been shown historically that people do not NEED books to grow and learn, they need other people to model that behavior.

 

Before books or written word, it was good ole person to person teaching. From showing how to plant a seed, make a fire to cook a meal. building a hut to creating a nation. There is no replacement for human communication.  To me this is just a ploy to remove our children from the human experience and turn them into the psycho MONSTERS many are already.  And more psycho MONSTERS is more money for the prison system.   But!    

  I have to add that parents are not available to assist in helping students with hard subjects like math.  It all depends on the skill of the parents.  However. there are many parents who didn't graduate high school.  So how will they be able to home school their children when they themselves didn't finish?   That's what I mean about parents not being available to help their children. Although I knew a couple who did home school their children up to middle school but once the children entered public school at 13 and 14, they were BUCK WILD.  They entered the system with a B average and soon began failing every subject.  Why?  Cuz the parents did NOT teach socialization skills to their children and as a result, their children didn't have the tools to tell their peers NO!!!. There was a lot of absences from class and a couple of babies were born outta that experience.  So I'm just sayin.      

I don't think that people that did not finish school or that do not understand core subjects, like math, language arts, science, etc., are the ones homeschooling their children.  I'm sure that there are a few, but the vast majority of homeschoolers have graduated from high school, or college and it is precisely because they do know core subjects, that they are qualified to homeschool their child.  As far as socializing homeschooled children, it's not like just because the child is homeschooled, the child has to live isolated from other children and other people or any other environment.  They will still have their friends, family, and can be involved to many extra-curricular activities where they are in constant socialization with other children their own age.  Many children go through their entire public school life without really ever socializing, or all that much, with other children in school.  Much of children's socialization is through their home and community environment, regardless of school.  Of course, I wouldn't even suggest the most parents even attempt to homeschool their children, but there are many out there that can and that do a good job at it.  Usually, you can't tell the homeschooled child from the child who is a product of public education.  Now, parents that homeschool their child for ulterior motives that have very little or nothing at all to do specifically with making sure their child has a quality education, or where the parents truly are not educated enough themselves to know what they are doing, is likely where you are going to run into children where being homeschooled was more harmful than beneficial. 

Originally Posted by Xumbrarchist:

I haven't seen any educators or home schoolers comment on this yet.

 

OLPC XO Tablet

http://www.engadget.com/2013/0...pc-xo-tablet-review/

 

Xum


I think I posted a article a while back about these tablets and how they were being distributed to African children in remote areas or that have no or very little access to education.

 

What I would like to see is a tablet that that has a complete common-core curriculum software package already on it, as well as apps for extra-curricular learning like, music, etc.

 

Nonetheless, this is still a good tablet that has enormous use.   

Sista Sunnubian wrote:I don't think that people that did not finish school or that do not understand core subjects, like math, language arts, science, etc., are the ones homeschooling their children.

 

 

  Many of the return students I dealt with mainly came back to school because their parents in particular were not able to homeschooled them adequately enough to pass certain required tests on to the next level grade. 

 

 

  I'm sure that there are a few, but the vast majority of homeschoolers have graduated from high school, or college and it is precisely because they do know core subjects, that they are qualified to homeschool their child. 

 

It has been my experience that most homeschooled student were not homeschooled by college graduate parents.  Very few had finished high school.

 

As far as socializing homeschooled children, it's not like just because the child is homeschooled, the child has to live isolated from other children and other people or any other environment.  They will still have their friends, family, and can be involved to many extra-curricular activities where they are in constant socialization with other children their own age.  Many children go through their entire public school life without really ever socializing, or all that much, with other children in school.  Much of children's socialization is through their home and community environment, regardless of school.  Of course, I wouldn't even suggest the most parents even attempt to homeschool their children, but there are many out there that can and that do a good job at it.  Usually, you can't tell the homeschooled child from the child who is a product of public education.

 

This part I will have to disagree.  It's more than just going to the mall and hanging out or participating in group outings.  School provides social rules and guidelines for obedience and cooperation and other components involved in socialization.  Children won't get that unless parent is active in providing those rules and guidelines consistently.

 

School also has  a subliminal way of allowing the learning process in terms of how to interact with peers and teachers as a teaching method through growth.  Even though there is bullying in schools, there is an effort to mitigate that.  However, students KNOW when are being bullied and are bullies.  When removed from that environment that is no way a student will know either or both.  That's just my opinion.  And I'm not generalizing.  However, I hear ya my sista. 

 

 Now, parents that homeschool their child for ulterior motives that have very little or nothing at all to do specifically with making sure their child has a quality education, or where the parents truly are not educated enough themselves to know what they are doing, is likely where you are going to run into children where being homeschooled was more harmful than beneficial.

 

This part I totally agree!  But!

 

Originally Posted by sunnubian:
I think I posted a article a while back about these tablets and how they were being distributed to African children in remote areas or that have no or very little access to education.

 

Those were Motorola Xoom tablets.

 

The devices involved are Motorola Xoom tablets—used together with a solar charging system, which Ethiopian technicians had taught adults in the village to use.  Once a week, a technician visits the villages and swaps out memory cards so that researchers can study how the machines were actually used.

http://www.technologyreview.co...en-teach-themselves/

 

These OLPC tablets are by Vivitar and I do not think it is the same software.  I was wondering about comments by educators on the software.  I do not think the hardware matters so much.

 

I just think the tablets could make parents less dependent on whatever reform nonsense is going on in the schools.

 

Xum

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