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Obama's Educational Excellence Initiative

Deep Thought 42 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 9:44 AM
I STRONGLY disagree with that. My son attends an 'inner city' magnet school in Tampa (and my oldest graduated from there a few years ago). The school is about 3/4 black (local kids) and 1/4 magnet (predominately white). I know many of the teachers there (both magnet and traditional). almost ALL of them work hard to TRY and teach the kids (there are a few who do as little as possible, but the principal is working hard to eliminate them). The problem is LACK OF FAMILY AND VALUES. Those kids do not see the value in an education. Most come from single parent homes and were not taught the basic values (respect, honesty, etc). Having taught hs for several years, I can tell you - you cannot teach someone who doesn't want to learn!

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,...