Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Black Common Sense Reigns!

Black Homeschoolers: 
Those Who Had the Most to Lose 
Now Have the Most to Gain! 
...and are the fastest growing segment of homeschooling numbers in the nation.

"African American homeschooling on the rise, over 200,000 Black parents are homeschooling their children," By Taki S. Raton, Milwaukee Community Journal (MCJ), July 22, 2014. Excerpts below:
Citing Garrett Tenney in his June 16, 2012 posting, “African Americans increasingly turn to home schooling,” nationwide, astounding numbers of American families are selecting to homeschool their children each year and the fastest growing segment of homeschooling numbers are African Americans. Tenney’s estimate that some 220,000 Black children are homeschooled.

According to the site, Successful Homeschooling, African Americans, “want to escape a failing school system that harms Black children at even higher rates than it does other children.” The writing continues with the point that public schooling tends to teach, “Ideals that contradict traditional Black values.”

“Since the landmark decision, Brown v. Topeka in 1954, there has been a 66 percent decline in African American teachers,” posits Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu in his September 27, 2013 Atlanta Voice writing on African American homeschooling.

“Many African American students,” he adds, “are in classrooms where they are not loved, liked, or respected. Their culture is not honored and bonding is not even a consideration. They are given low expectations which helps to explain how students can be promoted from one grade to another without mastery of content.”

More encouraging news from the MCJ article:
Queen Taese, one of the key organizers of the upcoming nationally acclaimed and highly anticipated Third Annual Liberated Minds Black Homeschool & Education Expo in Atlanta July 18 to the 24, 2014 at the Omega World Event Center says that, “There is a huge critical advantage when it comes to our African children being homeschooled...."

She adds that through homeschooling, “parents [are] able to choose ideal social settings that they deem fit to support the morals, values, and cultural identity of their family, thereby reinforcing and fortifying the cultivation of discipline, strong work ethics, academic skills and additional pertinent cornerstones of excellence fostered to guarantee the success of our children.”

The following is an excerpt in my book, the deliberate dumbing down of america, page 79, from an article published in Education Week, March 6, 1985 entitled “Half of Chicago Students Drop out, Study Finds: Problem Called Enormous Human Tragedy” :
Calling the dropout problem in Chicago “a human tragedy of enormous dimensions,” a recent study has found that almost half of the 39,500 public school students in the 1980 freshman class failed to graduate, and that only about a third of those who did were able to read at or above the national 12th grade level. “These statistics about the class of 1984 reflect the destruction of tens of thousands of young lives, year in and year out,” says the study, released in January by Designs for Change, a nonprofit research and child-advocacy organization in Chicago.... “Most of these young people are permanently locked out of our changing economy and have no hope of continuing their education or getting a permanent job with a future,” the authors wrote.
For more historical information, read this report: