It all seems to come down to a question of how you get Black parents and the Black community in general to give a damn. These children CAN learn if the have the right teachers, and the teachers have the support and encouragement of the parents. Sadly, both of these seem to be missing in most public schools today. I am reminded of a lady by the name of Marva Collins who did wonders with the children from the Chicago public housing projects. Her work proved that these Black children were NOT retarded or learning disabled. All they needed was a proper learning environment, the right teachers who believed in them, and the support of their parents. We need more people like Ms. Collins. For more information on Marva Collins, I'd refer you to: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marva_Collins.