Educating our own…

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Numerous census statistics and research articles inform us that blacks are falling behind in schools and are limited in reaching higher education goals. Often these statistics and articles will cite reasons such as lower reading levels, limited intellectual stimulation during the key periods of brain development, extent of vocabulary spoken by parents, limited school funding and generational poverty. These factors certainly cannot be negated but when one seeks to find solutions to help children overcome these issues, they have to look outside of the family structure for society to ‘fix itself’ for the overall good of children who will otherwise remain disadvantaged. Local governments will not suddenly increase school funding, poverty will not be instantaneously overcome, and parents will not quickly become more intellectually astute and verbose.

In the long term these goals are ideal, even if somewhat naïve; in the long term these goals are necessary. But if, in the long term, these objectives fail to transpire, what happens to the children affected by their partiality? Parents wrongfully believe that they can depend on the school system to provide the educational needs their children require in order to attend college or obtain suitable employment following their K-12 education. While teachers wrongfully believe that all parents have the educational capacity to help their students with whatever educational demands are required. Children, meanwhile have limited positive points of reference in their daily lives or the media in which to follow and may never see the positive long term impact of an education leaving them in a complete conundrum. The result is that blacks, particularly those in underprivileged communities continue to fall behind in schools.

But I am not here to remind you of the obvious. Through this blog site, I am hoping to do what these articles and statistics fail to do, which is provide parents and students with immediate ways to overcome the educational gap of black students. By providing a support system for parents and suggestions for products and programs that are both entertaining and educational African American parents can collaboratively prepare their children to stay ahead of the pack rather than behind.

Brilliance is not always intrinsic, it is by design and you have the ability to create a design for your child that will overcome the day to day issues that would otherwise cause him or her to fail.

My promise to you is that you will get honest information about products and ideas that have worked for me and others to ensure the intellectual success of our children.

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