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Study: Black Kids Are Deprived of Algebra and College Prep Classes

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

Photo credits: Michigan State University

In recent history, Black Enterprise Magazine published a report, which covered a study by an education reform advocacy outlet called Dropout Nation.

The digital media news source extracted its research info from the U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights database. Unfortunately, this in-depth study by Dropout Nation revealed a sad reality for low-income minority public school children in a number of states across America.

For an example, during one academic year, which transpired in the last decade, less than 20 percent of black middle-schoolers in seven major U.S. states had Algebra 1 as a required component of their curriculum.

Rishawn Biddle, the author of Dropout Nation’s research report summed up this grim reality brilliantly.

“The woefulness of that statistic becomes even more so when you realize that these states have been the most-aggressive in pursuing the goal of providing all middle-school students with this important building block for success later at the traditional colleges, technical schools, and apprenticeship programs that make up higher education,” Biddle wrote.

The bottom line behind the “college isn’t for everybody” nonsense is the fact that for black students in urban public school districts, preparation for college has been non-existent in required curriculum material for quite some time.

If college preparation were a priority in the curricula of predominantly black school districts the way it is in white ones, academic excellence would a common standard for our children. It would not be some pipe dream only afforded to youths with luck and an abundance of money.

Biddle also offered pointers, which could help turn this tumultuous tide for black school-aged youths in his report for Dropout Nation.

“The effort to implement Common Core reading and math standards in 45 states and the District of Columbia is a key step to giving all kids the knowledge they deserve. Expanding AP and International Baccalaureate programs at the high school (and even middle school levels) would also help,” Biddle added.

However, well-educated black parents with the necessary structure and resources can educationally provide their children with all they need for college and beyond.

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