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Obama's Educational Excellence Initiative

1567 Wrote: Aug 16, 2012 12:44 PM
Dr. Williams, Amen, Amen, Amen. You've nailed the problem right on the head. No amount of money, school reform or legislation will change the educational outcomes for black students until families stabilize and people take responsibility for themselves and their children.

President Barack Obama recently wrote an executive order that established a White House initiative on educational excellence for black Americans that will be housed in the Department of Education. It proposes "to identify evidence-based best practices" to improve black achievement in school and college. Though black education is in desperate straits, the president's executive order will accomplish absolutely nothing to improve black education. The reason is that it does not address the root causes of educational rot among black Americans. It's not rocket science; let's look at it.

The president's initiative contains not one word about rampant inner-city school violence,...