Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Lack of Good African American Men






There was a time in America when it was forbidden to teach a Black slave to read.    Just as unfortunate there are now millions of descendents of the slaves who are not reading at grade level.  These African American boys are languishing in grammar schools, and falling through the cracks of an inept education system.    Most of these  boys on the road to becoming underachieving adults, or criminals who destabilize African American neighborhoods.

Here in the city of Chicago only 9% of African American boys are proficient in reading.   This means 91% of African American boys desperately need to be tutored and mentored.  If  these boys are not tutored and mentored the African American community will continue to suffer from the of lack large numbers of good African American men. 

Marc Sims
Chicago



2011 Reading Levels of 8th-Grade Black Males
from 15 Low-Performing American School Districts* 

City\Percentage of 8th-Grade Black Males Proficient in Reading 
Milwaukee - 3%
Cleveland - 3%
Detroit - 5%
Washington (D.C.) - 6%
San Diego - 7%
Dallas - 7%
Baltimore City - 7%
Chicago - 9%
Jefferson County, (KY) - 9%
Atlanta - 9%
Los Angeles - 9%
Philadelphia - 9%
Austin - 9%
Houston - 9%
Hillsborough County (FL) - 9%

* Source: Minority Students and Public Education by Dr. Michael Holzman

Special Thanks to Phillip Jackson founder of the Black Star Project.

http://blackstarjournal.org/?p=3826