Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Here in Chicago there are not enough “good Schools” for students who want to learn.
I have given hundreds of career day type talks via The Black Stat Project. It seems to me that most of the good students come from stable homes where education is valued.
Public schools in cities like Chicago will not vastly improve until the majority of public school parents value education.
This may sound harsh and elitist, but public school administrators need to be very honest with parents.
Some students can handle the rigor of a college preparatory curriculum. In reality most public school students will never obtain a Bachelor’s degree. Very few students can achieve academic success all the way through college without a stable home were education is strongly valued.
Only 8 percent of Chicago Public Schools freshmen will earn a bachelor's degree by their mid-20s, according to a study by the Consortium on Chicago School Research.
I hated grammar school and dropped out of high school in 1980.
Ironically this why I passionate about improving public education.
Public schools can work very well if parents expect an excellent education for their children.