Today, students are bused out of their neighborhoods for various reasons. Their is no sense of community and there is no sense of ownership. Back in the day the neighborhood looked out for everyone and especially the children. If a neighbor saw a neighbor’s child acting inappropriately, they would notify their parents.
It isn’t as simple as where kids grow up. It’s a matter of family resources. Financial resources matter, obviously. Books, bug terrariums, guitars, and music lessons all cost money. But it’s also a matter of human and intellectual resources.
The distribution of IQ scores provides some insight into this phenomenon. By definition, the distribution of IQ makes a nice bell curve centered over 100. However, the distribution of economic status within this bell curve is far from random.
This is not something new – the achievement gap is perhaps the most compelling reason for education reform. But it hels to put specific faces on the problem. Would Sotomayor be where she is today if her mother kept her in Bronx public schools?
Cedra Crenshaw was on the ballot for approximately 100 days. She was slated at the end of March and due to legal challenges from the Democratic party regarding her petition, she was not fully instated until July 21, 2010. Whether we look at this as a 100 day race, or a 6 month race, time was short.
Start early and make it a habit before you introduce TV and video games. Limit screen-time, including TV, video games, and computer. Trade some of their structured activities for free time. Appeal to kids’ natural interests (e.g. sports: try hiking or canoeing, science: try gardening or rock collecting). Model outdoor time behavior yourself and focus on fun!
Many of the students who do graduate don’t have adequate reading, math or daily living skills to be successful. What then, can we expect of students who leave BEFORE graduation, for whatever reason? And it’s not just big cities with notorious crime rates and a large pool of underprivileged children who are at risk. No, the problem is so widespread that no area is immune to these decling standards and graduation rates.