High Achieving Low Income students are all around us.
They remain silent/invisible because they don't have a lobby.
Corn has a lobby, and their interests are served.
Oil has a great lobby. China has one. The Insur has one.
Internet radio has a f*cked up one, but you get my drift.
In reading this article about a homeless high achieving African
American student I wondered to myself whether some White
People get their kicks by talking shit about Black parents.
The student Nicholas Bounds is impressive. I mean. He is THAT
Then I got to the comments section.
Nicholas Bounds is one of the top students in my Senior English class. He attends school every day, and often arrives to our first period class early. He works dutifully in class and faithfully completes his homework every night. He writes with honesty, intelligence and intensity. He scored a 23 in Math on the ACT. Nicholas is a shining star in the otherwise stormy night of black male education in the West Side of Chicago.Nicholas Bounds also lives in a homeless shelter for teenagers. Every day, he leaves the shelter at 7 a.m. for school and arrives back at 11 p.m. after his part-time job at U.P.S. He was telling me the truth; he has been his own parent since he was 15 and in the eighth grade
Nicholas’ mother was a drug-addict and his father was neither stable nor involved. Despite his family upbringing, Nicholas is proud that he has always succeeded in school.
“Since we started getting grades in elementary school, my report cards were A’s and B’s. I have natural intelligence but I always worked hard. I had to push myself,” Nicholas remembers. “I’ve been lucky to have good teachers who believed in me and had a big impact on me. I also benefited from all the clubs I was in like the Boys and Girls Club, where I would go after school to play and receive help with my homework.”
The majority of them were warm, receptive, encouraging.
Then there were the "BLACK PARENTS NEED TO ACT RIGHT" comments
that reminded me of that Bill Cosby koolaid. Feel me.
But you know what. The majority of the comments were so f*cking positive
that I can't even continue on with my the intended tone of my argument.
But then again......
Another comment came along and said it for me.
GOD. I love when people feel me.
Dear Bill Cosby,
Your brilliant, warm and generous. And I know you mean well.
Please write more about OUR success stories and
specific strategies on how to address the problems
that we face, rather than rant about how our pants hang low.
Otherwise you sound like a crankety old man.
- Model Minority
during a sit down?
What is one thing, one measurable thing,
you would change about education?
About Hip Hop? About Black people?
DID I MENTION MEASURABLE.