Behind Burqa, Student Gets an Education in Bigotry - As a white
suburban teen of Italian and Irish descent, Caitlin Dean volunteered
to wear traditional Muslim clothing to school for an entire day in
February after a Middle Eastern Studies teacher announced that she was
looking for students to promote her class by wearing the garb. Caitlin
covered herself with a periwinkle burqa which concealed her face. The
hateful and abusive comments she endured that day horrified teachers,
the teen and many of her classmates.
For Black Students, Single Essay Made Big Difference
- The seventh-graders were asked to write an essay about
their most important value. "My friends give
me companionship and courage," a girl wrote.
"I'm a great athlete," offered a boy. "God
is the answer to everything," wrote another.
Learn English in School? Follow the Yellow Brick Road
- Immigrant students arrived at I.S. 223 in Brooklyn, NY,
talking 24 different languages and not knowing a soul. About the only
thing they shared was a shyness of speaking English aloud. First-year
teacher Diana Senechal figured, what better way to give them
confidence than to have them sing and dance in an hour-and-a-half-long
musical, for three performances at the end of the school year, in the
big auditorium, before a thousand strangers.
Bridging the Widest Gap:
Raising the Achievement of Black Boys -
Black boys spend more time in special education, spend less time in
advanced placement or college prep courses, and receive more
disciplinary suspensions and expulsions than any other group in U.S.
schools today. In many cases, a debilitating combination of inadequate
resources and low expectations in schools that serve large numbers of
black boys results in this group being held back, researchers say.
Poor Health Habits Reason For Grade Gap - Obesity, poor
nutrition and lack of physical fitness may partially explain why
Hispanic and American Indian students in New Mexico don’t perform as
well as their Anglo peers. Recently released data from Harvard
University’s School of Public Health found a strong correlation
between poor nutrition and health and low achievement, state Secretary
of Education Veronica García told a group of teachers in Santa Fe.
Black Parents Tackle a Gap - Aisha
Tomlinson is a receptionist living in Harlem, but she parents her two
young daughters like a professional in the suburbs. Tomlinson
acknowledges that she was not always so involved, though, and she
regrets leaving the education of her 18-year-old son entirely in the
hands of the public schools he attended. She thought only prosperous
parents had the time and ability to navigate a school system -- until
last school year, when Harlem educators taught her how to do the same.
The Massive Failure of
Black Males in the American Education System -
The problem of Black male failure in education and the
corresponding issue of high unemployment for Black youth are huge and
complex, but they are still solvable. This may not be the case in 10
to 15 years.
Parents Decry Inner-city Schools -
They say educational quality suffers in high-poverty CMS areas
Frustrated black parents complained Saturday that their children are
getting a second-rate education in inner-city schools that are filled
with students from poor families.
Principal Getting Results in a Struggling School -
Claudia Cream, in her third year as Parkside's principal, has sought to boost
student achievement by instilling ethnic pride, setting high standards, and
imposing strict discipline. "Children seem to thrive when they realize they come
from greatness," she said. "I give them a sense of who they are." The efforts
are producing improvements at Parkside, once the lowest-performing elementary
school in the nearly 18,000-student Camden system.
Mays Founder Plans Expansion - Founder of all-boys academy
expects to offer classes through 12th grade by 2006.
No Black-White Test-Score Gap at Age 4, But It Appears After Children
Enter School - African American
children and white children from similar family backgrounds who
entered kindergarten in 1998 began school with approximately the same
test scores. This striking finding is drawn from the national Early
Childhood Longitudinal Study. But by the end of first grade African
American children have lost ground to comparable white children. The
authors find no evidence that slippage occurs over the summertime, an
oft-offered explanation for the test-score gap. Nor are differences in
family background the likely cause. Instead, it appears that the cause
is within the schoolhouse.
Superstars - Give us your tired, your poor...your scientists
and your mathematicians. The children of immigrants are becoming the
top math and science students in the United States, dominating
academic competitions and representing the strongest hope the nation
has of keeping an edge in high-tech and biomedical fields, according
to a study released Monday.
Website Opens up Internet to Black Students -
Karnita Dumas and Christopher Emile laughed in delight at
the animation that appeared on the website: black and brown children
reading books, dancing and painting -- the same things they like to
Norfolk, a Blueprint for Narrowing the Gap - In
virtually every grade and subject, Norfolk, Va., schools have markedly narrowed
the gap between black and white student performance on state tests. Norfolk's
numbers are particularly noteworthy given the district's demographics.
Two-thirds of the students are African-American. Sixty percent are low-income.
ASA Launches Spanish
Section on its Website - The Autism Society of America
(ASA) today announces the launch of a Spanish-language section
on its award-winning Web site, responding to the ever-growing
needs of the Hispanic community to deliver bi-lingual
information on autism spectrum disorders.
In This Florida District Diversity Hasn't Reached the Principal's
Office - In Florida's giant Broward
County school district, only 10 school principals are Hispanic. That's
6 percent, compared with nearly one in four students. Even as the
county rapidly grows more diverse, school administrators are still
mostly white non-Hispanics--and their grip on the principal's office
can be damaging, Hispanic parents say.
Brown v. Board
of Education - It was the first item listed on the docket for
the U.S. Supreme Court’s October 1953 term. Ostensibly it was about
the right of a black girl to attend a newer, all-white school only
seven blocks from her home instead of an older, all-black school more
than a mile away. But Brown v. Board of Education, as the case came to
be known, was always about much more than that. At its core was
whether state governments could claim the right to sustain “separate
but equal” schools and other public facilities, segregating black
Americans into a world of far less opportunity and denying them full
participation in American life.
Hip Hop Takes a Hit - Black women are
starting to fight rap's degrading images. You never know in America.
Just when you think something bad is going to go on far longer than it
should, signs of its being brought to a sudden halt appear.
Nelly, a rapper from St. Louis who is notorious for his hedonistic rap
videos and dehumanizing images of black women, has been stopped in his
tracks by a group of concerned young women from Spelman College and
young men from Morehouse College, two historically black schools in
Craving a Taste of Their Heritage -
Black students attending historically white institutions are finding a
sense of belonging through an exchange program at Howard University.
Outlines Strategies to Close Learning Gap - A
high school counselor once told Robert Smith he would have to work much harder
than his white peers to achieve the same things throughout his life. Smith, who
is African American, took those words with him from a low-income, one-parent
home in Dallas, Texas, to college at the University of Iowa. He carried the same
message to the State Board of Education on Friday.
Black Students Disciplined More -
Black students are still more likely than white students to be
disciplined at school--three decades after American education
documented the disparity. Three-fourths of 40 Southwest Ohio school
districts disciplined African-Americans at higher rates than whites
last year, an Enquirer analysis of school discipline data shows. In
more than half of schools, blacks were twice as likely to be suspended
and sent home for at least one day.
Paige Outlines No Child Left Behind Act's "Ten Key Benefits for
Parents of English Language Learners" - U.S. Secretary of
Education Rod Paige and Deputy Under Secretary of Education Maria
Hernandez Ferrier today kicked off the department's second annual
summit on English language acquisition by unveiling a new initiative
to help parents play a more active role in their child's education.
WGBH's Media Access Group
Launches Spanish Web Site for Individuals with Hearing and Visual Disabilities
- Media Access Group Also Providing Spanish Captioning for 60 Minutes and 60
Commentary: Class is
the Real Issue in Schools - Proposal to stop racial stats could
What Black Parents
Must do now ... - As the black parent
of a teenager, I share the recently publicized pain of some black high
school parents in Shaker Heights, an affluent suburb of Cleveland.
Districts are Failing Their Minority Students - For years the
state has been reporting on pupil achievement in local school
districts, and for years the story has remained the same.
Full Text of U.S. Supreme Court Rulings: U of M Cases -
(PDF documents) Links to the full text of the U.S.
Supreme Court rulings in the two University of Michigan affirmative action
Grutter v. Bollinger: Law School policy upheld, 5-4;
Gratz v. Bollinger: Literature, Science and the Arts policy overturned, 6-3
State Board Charges Into
American Indian Mascot/Logo Issue -
In a resolution adopted unanimously, the State Board of Education
today strongly recommended the “elimination of American Indian
mascots, nicknames, logos, fight songs, insignias, antics and team
descriptions by all Michigan schools” and directed that the resolution
be sent to the Governor, all legislators and all school districts.
Community Amid Growing Diversity -
In this article in Principal Leadership, two middle grades teachers in
describe their involvement in a system-wide
effort to cope with a rapid influx of Hispanics and Somali Muslims.
Includes sample activities.
Benefits from Failing Urban School Districts?
An Essay on Equity and Justice for Diverse Children in
in Racial Preference - Ask a fish
what water is and you'll get no answer. Even if fish were capable of
speech, they would likely have no explanation for the element they
swim in every minute of every day of their lives. Water simply is.
Fish take it for granted.
Parental Involvement in
Migrant Education is at Home, Not at School
With Disabilities Will Be Harmed In Disproportionate Numbers if IDEA’s
Discipline Safeguards Are Reduced or Eliminated
Failure Starts Young - A school is for: a) diversity; b)
learning to read?
Free Handbook Empowers Parents of African American Children with
When it comes to special ed and
African-American kids, it's time for... Truth in Labeling.
group honored for San Jose school's improvement
Equity and Opportunity:
Multicultural Questions - We
must address the deeply ingrained inequities of today's schools
by asking difficult questions related to equity and access.
Texas schools' 10% solution:
affirmative action under scrutiny
Learn English, So They Can Help Their Children
Name Is Michael' - This is a true
story—one that both haunts and inspires me. I wish I could say that
the names have been changed to protect the innocent. The names were
changed, but, sadly, no one was protected.
Tackles Tough Diversity Issues
- Educators and community members in the Walled Lake
Schools area have learned that helping parents navigate cultural
differences can help students as well.
Group seeks expansion of
program - Effort teaches Hispanics
about school system.
Racial Inequity in
Special Education -
A Shocking Trend in our Nation's
Achievement - "They flocked
to meetings, meet-the-teacher nights, bake sales and
assemblies." The school was far more successful than its
geographical and socioeconomic neighbors.
chief aiming to cut minority gap - Superintendent makes raising black students' achievement a
priority; 'Disparities ... will be eliminated'; Smith's push, programs
earn praise from parents and community leaders.
Los Angeles Unified School District
Success - For Sylmar Elementary
School Principal Yolanda Guerra, the key to the double-digit
improvements in her students' Stanford 9 test scores is teamwork --
among teachers, with parents and in a new cross-over curriculum.
Make education everyone's
business - Leaders offer ways to
reduce illiteracy, joblessness, crime.
Task force plan focuses on
education barriers - The Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs report is aimed
at defining the problems in educating the
state's rapidly growing Hispanic
population and proposing solutions to legislators and Gov. Bob Taft.
Education summit set to tackle urban ills -
Nationally known figures to convene at State Theatre.
Tests Hurt At-Risk Students -
Report: Dropout Rates Could Increase for Poor,
Shouldn't Be Good to Have It Bad -
Berkeley, where I teach, we are awaiting the arrival of the first
freshman class selected under a revised admissions policy for the
University of California schools. All applicants are being evaluated
according to whether they have survived "hardships," with those who
have done so netting extra points.
gap tops agenda at Hispanic conference -
Hispanics must convince the rest of the nation it is crucial to the
prosperity of the United States that Hispanic children get an
education, a national Hispanic leader said Saturday at a conference
Latino Group Bridges the
Barriers of Autism - Support:
After son's diagnosis, couple found little data in Spanish. Now they
Macho or Sweetness? Why
Immigrant Girls Succeed - This is
no aberration. Immigrant girls consistently outperform boys, according
to the preliminary findings of a just-completed, five-year study of
immigrant children -- the largest of its kind, including Latino,
Chinese and Haitian kids.