Group To Address Achievement Gap

The first day of school also coincides with a meeting of a group calling the achievement gap between black students and their white and Hispanic peers a "crisis."

The Pitt County coalition for educating black children will meet tonight at 6:30 at the C.M. Eppes Recreation Center on Nash Street in Greenville.

The coalition says black students are "more likely to receive an inferior quality of education, drop out, or get suspended for minor infractions that are subjectively determined mostly by white, middle class female teachers."

The agenda includes an update on the litigation about changes to desegregation requirements for the Pitt County School System.

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  • by hope Location: NC on Aug 27, 2009 at 05:32 AM
    Jane, No doubt the kids to those you speak of don't have much of a chance. Babies having babies, who's the daddy, where's the mama...drinking,drugs... Economics does play a major role AS WELL. "The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree". It's a lifestyle for many.
  • by Jane Location: Washington/Greenville on Aug 27, 2009 at 04:46 AM
    Well said Hope, but I have to disagree on the economics statement. While it is true that we are all facing hardship during this economic downturn, it is not the reason for the subject at hand - this issue has been present for a long time. Take a ride thru the city - any city - and note the children (some barely walking) walking/biking the streets or ganging up on the corner selling/doing drugs, getting drunk, toting guns, ... Or note the mothers walking the streets looking to get laid/paid or so drugged out of their senses that they don't know where they are - much less their children. This issue is deeply rooted in the lack of a decent and involved home-life. We as taxpayers, teachers, caring parents, health and other public assistance programs cannot fix this HAS to start at home - so perhaps the better approach for this group is to address that portion of the root cause.
  • by hope Location: NC on Aug 26, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    Economics plays a major role as it is hard to look up when you are being beaten down. Where are the role models? Parents? Teachers can't do it all. People need to take responsibility for their behavior & those they parent &/or are responsible for.
  • by To Webster and Jane Location: Greenville on Aug 26, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    Thanks for responding...I knew YOU would speak up...who's forcing anything Jane? I merely spoke my opinion just like you spoke yours and please forgive me for saying culture as it has offended you, so I'll use the term "ethnicity". To Webster, if you're sick of hearing culture maybe you should stick your fingers in your ears...but then again that's just my opinion.
  • by Jane Location: Washington/Greenville on Aug 26, 2009 at 04:24 AM
    To "ghetto fabulous" - get and your ignorance are what keeps race an issue. You do not have a unique culture - your are part of the larger culture of this nation and if you and yours cannot accept that then go somewhere else to develop "your culture" and quit trying to force it on everyone else!!!
  • by Webster Location: NC on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    Ghetto fab: Last time I checked this is the U.S.A.! I am so SICK of hearing about "culture". Enough already, if you love the culture so much, I am sure there are boats and planes ready to take your money!! Frankly, we all have had enough of your "culture". So, the teachers are supposed to teach what you want them to, not real history. What about the entire month of February?! Now my kids have to learn about Kwanzaa too. I don't see how YOU are the one's not learning here.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    To The Flood: You nailed it ! "RR-RRR" ! Those of you who have watched the unedited version of "Blazing Saddles" understand what that quote means...P.S.: "Hey ! The sheriff is a [bell rings]!" "What'd he say?" "The sheriff is near!"
  • by Ghetto Fabulous Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    No matter how much you all want race exempt from discussions when it comes to equality of schools and education it will never go away because it is so obvious even a blind person could see. I have seen schools where the people teaching were so clueless to the culture they taught its makes a difference people...oh yeah, and another thing-if some of the schools with predominately black students have some really outdated classrooms with old and used resources so these kids have nothing to be proud of but the hand-me-down mess left to them. I hope this group will address some of those issues.
  • by hope Location: NC on Aug 25, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    It is an exceptional individual that will rise to the challenges some of our less fortunate NC students face. A group sincerely wanting change will investigate the home situation of these kids. How can it be the teachers fault? All 30 of her students are sitting in the same room with 30 brains, 60 ears/eyes... God know the teacher would not dare risk withholding something from a kid of color in this day & time. If anything, the kid of color is already getting special treatment. I pray level heads will prevail. We MUST stop driving the racial wedge on this issue.
  • by b on Aug 25, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    This coalition group needs to address the black communities and single moms.

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