Please read the above report from the Minneapolis Public Schools. Below is an excerpt from the findings
“When the MPS announced last fall it was going to attempt to make educational outcomes more equitable for Black students and students of color as part of its yet-to-be-unveiled Comprehensive Plan, it simultaneously exposed a level of failure on the part of the students that was both stunning and frightening.
According to the district’s statistics, 23%, or fewer than one in four students of color, were proficient in math, while three out of four White children met the basic standards indicating math proficiency. Even more astounding, only 28% of students of color were proficient in reading, while nearly 79% of White students were reading at expected grade level.
In other words, the statistics indicate that only one child of color out of four attending school in the Minneapolis Public Schools District can read!
The graduation rates were just as racially disparate: While 87% of White kids graduated from MPS last year, only 62% of non-White students graduated after four years of high school. The numbers for those who took six years were just as disproportionate.”
With that said, who is to blame for the students failures? Not the schools, but the parents. It is the BEHAVIOR of the students that is interfering with their learning. NOT THEIR ACADEMIC SKILLS! If parents were able to SEE and HEAR their students while they are in school, how many of them would actually care how their children behave or treat others? Fair question. If the parents do not TEACH THEIR OWN CHILDREN good manners, respecting others, self-respect, build self-esteem, encourage good self-image, tell their student to do the best they can do no matter what their best may be, then that student will never be good at anything! They will always self destruct or blame others for their failures.
Stop blaming teachers and administrators for bad behavior and poor parenting! Parents need to have higher expectations and incorporate those qualities into their students. If the parents don’t have expectations of good behavior then the student will not either. Also, if you have a parent who cannot read or do math or has low academic proficiency then that student cannot receive the help she or he needs in the home. If the parent suffers from self-hatred, low self-esteem, poor self-image, then that is going to rub off on the students and you have a downward spiral that cannot be stopped.
So parents need to take ownership of their own childs BEHAVIOR. Correct the behavior and I will guarantee higher educational outcomes! Students who actually sit up straight in their chairs and listen to the teacher and actively participate in class, do their homework, ask for help when needed, focus on the goal of each class, do much better than students who play their IPODs, talk, draw pictures, or behave like a caged animal in the classroom. We have all heard of the illustration of the sponge….whatever we put the sponge in, it will soak it up. Hmmmm, parents what kind of home did you create for your children? If a students language is filthy then their minds are filthy and the environment where they are growing up is filthy! If their minds are filthy then their behavior tends to lean in the direction as well. Would you not agree? The reverse can be said, if their environment is clean, free of foul, language, love is genuine in the home, communication levels are always calm, and kind and self-controlled, then we marvel at the behavior of that student.
Now what do we typically conclude about those two examples? When a students behavior is just off the rails don’t we typically ask, where are his parents? Why aren’t they correcting their child? Man, their house must be a mess! Come on now, tell the truth, you know we all make those judgements. When we see the mannerable student we typically say the opposite. Well, he certainly comes from a nice family! Wasn’t he or she mannerable? They must have some really fine parents good people in their life.
End of part I