Education standards within the African American community are at an all time low. Recently I've done more to educate myself on the problems, possible solutions, and the outcomes.
What I have discovered is that there is still hope and that not all is lost. As an African American community, we are facing many problems. The notion that our problems are greater than those willing to provide solutions is incorrect. There are just as many who are concerned and making strides in the right direction to help find and implement fixes. These solutions range from a revamp of the system as a whole to merely tweaking the status quo.
The issues span from lack of parental involvement to reduction in school funding. For about two decades now there has been an increasing divide of the parental involvement in a child's education. Since the financial crisis of 2008, states nationwide have been looking to cut budget and education has been one of the hardest hit areas. Our system has hit a stalemate, and there has been a lack of the necessary advancement in models and methods in which we use to educate. Lastly we are attempting to use one-shot solutions to fix local problems nationwide, furthering the erosion.
Some will say that in this time of economic uncertainty and crunch that it is impossible or extremely hard for parents to assist with education of their child. These are excuses that we cannot afford to make. As a parent it is your duty and responsibility above all else to see that that your child succeeds. If that means you're tired beyond belief and you have to stay up an extra fifteen minutes to ensure your child's homework is done, then you need to do it. We have gotten to the point as a society where we have forgotten effective ways to communicate without the aid of advanced technology. If you cannot make it to the school to speak with the teacher, send a letter. A parent not participating in the education of their child is one of the most irresponsible things you can do as a parent.
One of the key functions of government should be to help provide for the people beyond what the people cannot do for themselves. But we should not rely on government to carry us the entire way. Yes, it's sad that education has to be on the chopping block for cuts, but if you speak up and demand the help of government, they have no choice but to provide. Believe me you have a voice that is listened to and counts. And if that fails, write and continue writing because there are companies and organizations that will donate and fund schools.
We cannot as a nation in a forever-expanding world continue to teach outdated lessons and force outdated practices on the youth of today. Gone are the days where general education is truly general. Not cutting short the fact that some basic common understanding is needed, but gone are the days of requiring that chemistry or anatomy be taken to graduate for a student whose passion lies elsewhere. We live in an advancing world where knowledge is key but specialization also equals success. We have to begin to teach differently, approach the problems differently, and be willing to grow differently with more efficiency.
As I have recently rationalized solutions to any problem are a process. There are certain procedures that must be followed, 1+1=2, not 50. That is currently how we are looking at the problem and trying to solve it. As if I were trying to get to 50, there are a number of ways I could get there. I can have 2x25, or 10+10+10+10+10, I could have 5x10, or 10+2x20, the point is this, and there are different ways in accomplishing this goal of getting to 50. Theses are the solutions we must begin or continue to look for, if not we will continue trying to add one plus one in an attempt to get to fifty and guess what, it won't come.
I will not at any moment profess to be an expert but neither was Edison, or Washington, or Jefferson. In the broad aspect they all were ignorant to the bigger picture, but had an idea, which they posed, and it happened to be quite exceptional and effective.