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Three out of four black boys in California schools don’t meet reading and writing standards, according to data obtained by CALmatters from the state Department of Education.

The data shows, for example, nearly 80 percent of black boys in the fourth grade failed to meet state reading standards.

Black boys trail far behind their female counterparts in reading and writing. More than half of black boys scored in the lowest category on the English portion of the test, according to a report in the NY Daily News.

The disparity in reading and writing performance between black boys and girls is not raising alarms in California.

“I wouldn’t put this in the same category of severity or concern as other achievement gaps,” said Tom Loveless, an education researcher for the Brookings Institution “But there needs to be greater awareness of this.”

At this pace, there will be a sharp decrease in college admissions by black boys in California in the coming years.

“If boys don’t read as well as girls, and if that persists all the way through K-12, it means when you reach certain thresholds like college, it places the males at a disadvantage,” says Loveless. “The ability to read well has a lot to do with the ability to get into college and the ability to do well while you’re in college.”

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  • understandingoverignorance

    Lazy parents and parenting. No excuse for not taking out 30 minutes to an hour to read to your child and do homework.

  • We Can Do This

    It all starts at home with reading. This falls solely on the parents in their households.

  • Jamal Warner

    Black boys have a tougher learning curve. They are at a disadvantage as other groups.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Hmmm

  • hottlanta

    That is why if someone invites me to a baby shower I buy books.

  • hottlanta

    If they can recite a rap song from beginning to end they can read. They comprehend what is most important. I don’t buy that analogy.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    This absolutely starts in the home. I started when my daughter was 2 with my baby can read and that works. Now she’s 7 in 1st grade at a 2nd grade reading level. My son is only one. I’m starting the my baby can read with him. The best he can do right now is point to words that I say and he enjoys storytime ?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    That’s awesome.

  • the conscious one

    Parents, we must take the time to teach our children. This society don’t give a damn about our children.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    How so?

  • Jamal Warner

    I do not buy your logic or reasoning. I did not use an analogy.

  • Jamal Warner

    They are at many inherent disadvantage than other groups due to systemic racism in this country. They are continually marginalized in their schools and societies — given less-than-adequate access to the resources that their already advantaged peers receive. The reason for their progression backwards is a symptom of a systematic oppression.

  • Decked Out

    First of all who is doing this study/analysis? What prompt this to be a concern? I blame the PARENTS. The Public School System does not care about African Americans whose INCOME and CONTRIBUTION to their AGENDA is null. But hey this is exactly what is planned for the next Generation. Wake Up.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Omg ? this starts in the home with the parents. If this is in regards to racism why are black girls who go to the same schools and have access to the same resources doing fine in reading?

  • Faux Gibbler

    Sad.

  • Faux Gibbler

    It does start at home.
    I know parents work, but you MUST take time for your children.
    Congrats on child excelling.

  • Faux Gibbler

    LOL! True. Good gift idea, I have one I have to go to.

  • Faux Gibbler

    What???? Systematic racism cuz their parents don’t take time with them? Stop that! Stop it.

  • Torae

    Most of these teachers do not tolerate or care about black boys. I have sat in a few classes in different areas and have seen how these kids are sometimes treated. The patience a teacher may have with a white kid is not the same patience they will have with a black kid especially a boy. It’s up to the parents to teach their kids. Children should know how to read a few words and sentences before kindergarten because these teachers don’t care…if you teach them early reading, spelling and comprehension will come easy….but parents have to take the time buy workbooks, flash cards, videos etc…

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Thank you. Absolutely people work. I work 40 hrs a week but i still make time.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Parents do your job! Education begins at home.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    I remember my nephew used to cry he was 3- 4 years old bc he couldn’t read. And he wanted to. I was 14 and am honored to have helped teach him. Help these boys. My goodness

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Like manners it absolutely begins at home.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    What are you not buying? If they can recite a whole rap song they can learn their abcs and can learn to read….

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I don’t get that.
    If it’s a matter of “lazy parents and parenting”, then why do the boys trail behind the girls in reading and writing? Are the parents paying attention to their daughters in these areas, and not their sons?

  • nick c

    Most of it starts from home and because of the changing technology parents can get quality education via homeschool especially if your school district is pathetic.

  • what?why

    Why does anyone live in California?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I’n no education professional, but I would say less time with TV, less time with video games, and more time with books would be the best remedy for this situation.
    And parents need to not just give their kids books (a lot of them too), but they need to spend time reading with them.. at least a couple of hours each week. I was raised by a single mother, and that’s what she did with me and it worked out pretty well.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Or parents can use the tablets to their advantage and download reading apps that teach kids to read and spell…

  • hotntot95

    Teachers have a difficult job, they don’t get paid nearly enough to teach, but I don’t think they get into teaching for the pay, I believe they should have passion. Teaching Bad kids makes it a challenge but learning starts at home, unfortunately it’s alot going on in our country..since other countries consider us the most violent, lazy, and dumb…but we as parents need to work with the teachers as much as possible. Children are a reflection of our future..this country is too damn dumb to see that education is where resources need to be…

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Say this again plz….but we as parents need to work with the teachers as much as possible ??? parents and teachers NEED to work together! They both need to help the children excel.

  • hottlanta

    Books never grow old. I get a lot of good kid books at Cititrends, HomeGoods and Marshall’s. When I say Cititrends people can’t believe it. They have hoochie clothes in the front but a lot of good educational books in the back. I always go there first.

  • hottlanta

    I stand by what I said. Kids recite/memorize what is important to them.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Wow that’s said to hear. As an educator I must say that it’s not just black boys it all children that become behaviour problems in many districts . Usually the behaviour is a result of a learning deficit, disability , or a distraction (disruption) at home. Sometimes the child is placed in a class or group where they can receive the services they need to catch or keep up. However , many schools do not have an adequate amount of funding, staff and resources for the amount of children that need the extra help. In addition the children are expected to receive reinforcement at home. They are expected to read, practice writing, and do (homework) exercises starting in kindergarten . That means the parents or caretakers of these precious kids have to be active as well. If they see their child is falling behind they have to advocate for their child. I’ve seen children whose parents take an active role in their kids lives improve . Sadly some parents lack basic education themselves , let alone advocate for them.

  • hotntot95

    The Public schools where I live are absolutely terrible..they are constantly pulling funding for something these kids need. It creates frustration in young minds when they don’t have air conditioning or books or computers…its sad to me.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Part of the problem is a lack of funding . There is not enough special education teachers, or small group classrooms . Many classes are overcrowded and kids fall through the cracks. There has been many budget cuts to education this year alone. The kids are the ones who suffer.

  • MsPam

    Because it’s nice! Why do you live where you live? GTHOH

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Lmfao @ Why do you live where you live? ???

  • MsPam

    And they know the remix version too!

  • hottlanta

    I used to take my lil-hots for walks when they were babies and point to things like grass, rocks, flower, stop sign or anything and stop and ask them to spell it and put it in a sentence. it is so easy. I demanded excellence in my home where there were no C, D, or F’s in my home on a report card. The C is fine for know because the course is new but the nest time it betta be a B or an A. Made sure that they knew about their history as to where folks would die if they dare learn to read so they would understand how important it was. Made sure they learned about the arts such as music, theater and dance. The arts change people lives. Also kids need to see a world bigger than themselves by going to different places and doing different things. I didn’t care if the school was going to Alabama. I packed their bags and sent them on their way. There is a world bigger than your neighborhood. Our kids need to learn to be independent of us to learn how to think for themselves so they can take care of themselves.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Lol stop it ?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Meanwhile, President Orange’s latest budget proposal is calling for a 13% spending cut to education. That’s the kind of thing people should be outraged about, but it seems like most people aren’t even paying attention to the really important stuff.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Standing ovation…???

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Reduced education funding, plus tax cuts that benefit the rich and take money away from working class communities, are only going to make the situation get worse before it gets better.

  • 2telldatruth

    No dummies the boys didn’t fail! The school system and it’s teachers failed them duh!!!!!! That’s systemic so that’s obvious a flaw in the system my God what is wrong with these people!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    My sister works in the public school system and I remember when she was a teacher she called a home and asked to speak with Ms. ____________ about her son, Malcolm. The mama said you wanna speak to me about who? This woman didn’t even recognize her own son’s name… My sis was like, I’m calling about your SON!! Your SON, Malcolm!!! Only then did that idiot mother snap out of it and start to pay attention… It starts in the home but with parents who are young and dumb their own selves children are in trouble…

  • hottlanta

    Please don’t mix Dump and education in the same sentence when see over and over that he got a fake doctor note to pass in school by the same doctor who gave him a note to keep from going to war. Embarrassing saying to the whole world I just left the Middle East when he had just left Saudi Arabia to go to Israel and folks don’t have a problem with that. Imagine had Obama done that. Devo wants vouchers so some of her friends can get some of that free public school education money, set up a fake charter school for a couple of months, shut it down and leave the kids high and dry the same way she did in Michigan.

  • hottlanta

    My baby has parents who care. The mamas/daddies come up there and scold the kids in front of her. She will call some parents and when the kids come the next day the kids are quiet and apologize. It is a few crazies out there but the average parent will get on those kids.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I always say, If you knew your math like you knew them rap rhymes you’d have an A++

  • Jamal Warner

    How does this help them against racism. Not all black children listen to rap music.

  • IntroSpective

    Learning and discipline start at home. Some parents don’t try to intervene until its too late. The system is designed for most meaning SOME will have difficulty, but certainly not MOST. What type of parent doesn’t know their 9 year old reads like a 5 year old? ?

  • Jamal Warner

    I am not buying the correlation between learning a rap song and a large group of black boys reading levels.

  • Jamal Warner

    I am not buying the correlation between learning a rap song and a large group of black boys reading levels.

  • dontgetblocked

    I spent some time teaching …just a little. Let me tell you, most black children and teenagers in inner-city schools can’t read above a third grade level. Their English is horrible. By the time they get to high school it’s a wrap. They’re so far behind and the schools keep passing them through. They put them in the dummy classes and pass them through.

  • dontgetblocked

    I spent some time teaching …just a little. Let me tell you, most black children and teenagers in inner-city schools can’t read above a third grade level. Their English is horrible. By the time they get to high school it’s a wrap. They’re so far behind and the schools keep passing them through. They put them in the dummy classes and pass them through.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I saw a documentary on television just a few days ago and the teachers are using music, specifically hip-hop to get children to learn. In this case the subject is science and according to the teachers and students featured in the documentary it seems to be working. The children are connecting and retaining the material….

  • Quitedeliteful

    I saw a documentary on television just a few days ago and the teachers are using music, specifically hip-hop to get children to learn. In this case the subject is science and according to the teachers and students featured in the documentary it seems to be working. The children are connecting and retaining the material….

  • dontgetblocked

    No they don’t. Those ghetto mamas come up there trying to fight the teacher. I’ve been a victim of these hood wenches…which is one of the reasons I got out of the teaching field quickly. And I’m ashamed to say it… but I have some relatives who’ve tried to tear the school down behind their bad azz dumb kids.

  • dontgetblocked

    No they don’t. Those ghetto mamas come up there trying to fight the teacher. I’ve been a victim of these hood wenches…which is one of the reasons I got out of the teaching field quickly. And I’m ashamed to say it… but I have some relatives who’ve tried to tear the school down behind their bad azz dumb kids.

  • dontgetblocked

    You can’t make someone learn.

  • dontgetblocked

    You can’t make someone learn.

  • Quitedeliteful

    True… my sister says that some parents come to the school and give their kids the business!!! My sister will leave the area because if she sees parents using ‘corporal punishment’ she’s supposed to call some organization and report the parents!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    True… my sister says that some parents come to the school and give their kids the business!!! My sister will leave the area because if she sees parents using ‘corporal punishment’ she’s supposed to call some organization and report the parents!!!!

  • dontgetblocked

    Why? The parents and ultimately the students have to want to learn. I had to walk a mile to the library. These kids can tap into the Internet and learn about the world. What do they do instead? Play games and watch world star.

  • dontgetblocked

    Oh Lord. Why did he get you started?

  • dontgetblocked

    You’re a lost liberal but at least you’re a good mother to the lil-hots.

  • dontgetblocked

    How about the parents teach their darn kids something at home?There’s never going to be enough money for education. That’s why so many white people home school their children. Those children end up being well adjusted and incredibly intelligent. The mother or father stays home and educates them. Sure budgets are tight but it’s worth it in the end.

  • dontgetblocked

    Home schooling is the way to go.

  • Jussjess25

    I dont believe this article for one sec.. like I can see that black kids need some help,but society tells us this fake bullshit and we always freed into it. Im sick of hearing these fake statistics about black people and we all believe the hype. This is just another lie to keep us down so they can medicate our children and put them in special education.

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly

  • Miami8981

    I think the problem is twofold. It is the fault of the school system and the fault of the parents. The teachers are too busy trying to seduce and have sex with their underage students rather than teach them and some parents (NOT ALL PARENTS) are too busy at the club on a school night when they should be parenting, teaching and making sure homework gets done or they are too busy staying on social media talking about how “great” they think their “sad” lives are. Yes, that oxymoron “great and sad” was intended.

  • growingviolet

    Thank you. The kid’s aren’t failing. The teachers, parents, and schools are failing. No Child Left Behind was very controversial but I think there were some good parts to it. It had teacher accountability as part of that act also.

  • BrittBrat2005

    And who fault is that, Parents fault and State fault for letting the school system get by, the parents fail to help from the get go, and the state fail to encourage more programs in school and seen that teachers meet the standards to help with the lacking of education but yet the schools taxes are high as arizona heat. So they letting their own future down.. Then Trump cutting after school programs, there you go United state now about fail at its all time high soon with kids fallen behind. Hopefully parents will pick up what teachers don’t fill in.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    True, and it’s not just a California problem. There is a nationwide systematic effort to dumb down our black boys.

  • BrittBrat2005

    I agree with you on that the parents suppose stand up and help teach.. But you have some parents who are in fields that require long hours, like doctors, policemen, army brats who have leave their kids with grandparents who probably over age of 50 don’t know nothing about the new method of teaching subjects.. I’m just saying that the teachers and schools need pick up where some parents can’t pick up it’s not all the parents fault. It’s parents that’s out there working they tail off trying keep a roof over their kids head and probably up there saving up for their kids future like college etc, and there’s probably some parents are doing their best with helping learn but their child probably still don’t get it. It’s just can be one handed it gotta be two handed with learning. Trust me I struggle in school because one them situation my parents didn’t know anything about geometry or algebra I had to find ways of teaching my own self doing both. It wasn’t my parents fault that math changes from the 60s and 70s on them, So best thing my mother did was hired a tutor for me that my father had to pay. And on top of it both my parents have degrees still didn’t know how my teachers where teaching us this way but not the way they learnt math,. It depends on the way how subjects are taught for parents can help children also.

  • 2telldatruth

    THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL 80% of YOUNG BLACK BOYS IN ONE CITY ARE FAILING IN THAT AGE GROUP!!!!!! THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM!!!!!! THEY CAN BE TAUGHT YOU BETTER BELIEVE THAT! The word systemic is meant to describe many systemic failures within a system. And let me share a little secret with you. I am a 70’s baby my parents didn’t teach me to read, write, homework, NONE OF THAT! MY TEACHERS DID! What the heck are they there for anyway? Discipline was learned and taught at home and school.

  • 2telldatruth

    Just like you can’t make somebody do there job I suppose.

  • kekeb

    Aren’t new prisons built based on the literacy rate of middle school male minorities? OK so Now who thinks this is a coincidence????

  • Faux Gibbler

    Marshall’s! Yes.
    I would never think to buy books for kids at a baby shower.. normally I buy bigger clothes like 18 mos cuz I figure everyone els buys the kids baby clothes. But books is a good idea! Very good idea. Thank you Hotlanta.

  • Faux Gibbler

    I used to have to read every night when I went to bed. Didn’t matter if my sister watched me ( you remember the days were your 10-year-old sister would look after you and your mom wouldn’t go to jail) or the baby sitter.
    One thing people forget is: when you read and if you don’t know a word- LOOK IT UP.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    My nephew is in summer school now because he failed reading, 5th grade. I will say he’s the type who will not pick up a book unless it’s forced. I told him going forward, you’re going to start writing book reports so I’ll know you’re reading, but also comprehending what you’re reading. He’s so bad that he will just run over a word he can’t pronounce. When we were kids, we wouldn’t dare try reading a book with a dictionary next to us to look up the meaning and pronunciation of words.

    I will put a small “blame” on the school, but the bulk of it on the parents and child that’s failing. I can’ honestly say this nephew is right at average and will always have to be pushed to do everything. I hate that. But cellphone and video games, he’s glued to.

    I’m not at all surprised at this article.

  • the guest

    But if you not this out you are called racist.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    IF the parents are home!!! Some are kids themselves developmentally, chronologically , emotionally, mentally , or all the above! Some are living in abusive situations, are impoverished , didn’t receive a good education themselves. I have heard of schools where there are no books for the kids , or not enough. The teachers are limited on the amount they can photocopy but they must teach it all. Not fair to the teachers at all. Then some parents are working when their kids get home and whom ever they have watching them is not always taking the time to make sure they do their homework. I certainly agree with you, I wrote that in my previous comment . You may have missed the part that said even in Kindergarten they receive exercises to take home and practice . Kids must practice at home and over the summer !!!

  • ~~eb

    Mother’s love their son’s and raise their daughters, why you have so many ain’t ish dudes from single parent homes.

  • the guest

    My eight year old son reads on a college level as all kids should by the time they are eight or nine. This is possible if their parents, families, and teachers are well read, articulate, and role models of reading.

    Children must see the adults around them reading and children must read daily for educational purposes and for fun. Invest in building a home library from birth through college.

    Reading and reading well is not a white thing or trying to be white. Children who read well and far above grade level are not trying to be white. Reading is an essential foundation of life for human beings.

    In Elementary school, my 5th Grade teacher taught us the grade levels of certain newspapers. Most people don’t know that the NY Times and Wall Street Journal are only considered 11th and 12th Grade reading levels. The average daily newspaper is only at a 6th grade reading level.

    The bar for reading in America is very low. There is no reason for a child not to be able to read. For 70% of black boys in California not able to read there must be mass multi-generational illiteracy, neglect, dietary and vitamin deficiencies, and learning disabilities. Everyone can read if reading is modeled and taught.

  • the guest

    Their parents have warped ideas about intelligence and education; believing intelligence and education are “trying to be white”.

    There have been many studies on the bullying of intelligent and educated black children. And it’s ignorant black adults doing the bullying.

    I don’t believe in enrolling black children with aptitude and promise in inner city or all black schools. It is not fair to them. Inner city and most all black schools are being systemically educated under grade level. Liberals believe mediocrity levels the playing field for inner city blacks.

    These days you have whites and blacks whom are upper middle class either economically, socially, academically, or experientially moving into inner cities but they are not enrolling their children in inner city schools. They are homeschooling or enrolling their children in private schools. There is no benefit for any child to attend an inner city below grade level school if they do not have to.

  • Yoni7

    Such a shame. Hence why I ALWAYS stress, “NEVER use reading and writing as a punishing tool.” I’m building my grandson a library RIGHT NOW and he’s not even born. I’m asking that instead of a card, that everyone brings a book to the shower (and their gift too – lol). My daughter never had toys growing up, she had BOOKS! And I mainly get/choose books that have pictures of US in them. I seek those out. I was SOOOOOOOO happy as I was walking through IKEA this past weekend and came upon a pack of BLACK toys. They had each lil man dressed as a construction worker, a police, a racecar driver and two other one’s we haven’t quite figured out yet. They came with the pack, so that’s ALL I had to see and I picked it up. People have to pour into their children early, often and daily. When you “water a seed” watch how it grows.

  • MistaO

    Lazy parent. Let’s get out of the pool of denial.

    Just more evidence that single mothers do a horrible job trying to raise Black boys.

  • MistaO

    Parent

  • IntroSpective

    School reinforces the disciplines taught at home. Many parents do not disciple their children #Fact. Yes, everyone can be taught, and it is a collaborative effort to ensure the child is learning. However, it is my responsibility to make sure my child is on level in terms of education if I am a parent. Also, it is my duty to bring any concerns to the forefront and address them if I see deficiencies. When I was in education most parents did not check their daily communicators for notes on progression, but I wrote them anyway. Still I had parents that were upset with their children’s grades if they were below. Chances are if you don’t check an agenda, you’re probably not helping with honework. So systemic on them, or me?

  • We Can Do This

    Right. There must be a blueprint laid out to follow with achievers in your circle at an early age.

    And there are generations that still suffer from illiteracy, because as you get older and struggle with reading it becomes a stigma.

  • jazzysmith12

    75% of WHITE California Boys Can’t Read either!!!!!

  • IntroSpective

    ?????? I applaud you bc most black children aren’t exposed to enough to grow past what is in their lives everyday.

  • jazzysmith12

    Did they fell to mention 75% of white boys in California can’t read either!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sad but true. I know some black folk with college degrees who have trouble writing with even basic grammar and correct spelling. The education system is really failing us.

  • jazzysmith12

    but what about the white boys,they can’t read either–sit around and play XBOX all day.

  • jazzysmith12

    Always on point as usual

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    link?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Lets not just blame the mothers though. Lets also blame the absentee fathers.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    True. But the teachers unions always fight anything having to do with teacher accountability, so it’s no surprise that they hated NoChildLeftBehind. These unions are more interested in protecting teachers’ jobs than doing what’s right for the kids.

  • jazzysmith12
  • jazzysmith12

    Half of poor white boys struggling to read at 11: Children more likely to read text messages than books, study finds

  • jazzysmith12

    And our beautiful black queens still lead in education over BECKY!!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    So the government cutting money for education and healthcare while spending more on the military makes sense to you?

  • Jamal Warner

    Yes, but she was not talking about that. I understand what she meant by the comment. It was not meant to be taken serious.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I would love you Chile … Got some classic books at my baby shower … Real spit … Nothing’s like getting books for me at least …. Books tap into the imagination in which most schools quiet as it’s kept hate for kids to use…. A very good gift

  • Yoni7

    And they’re single mother’s because…………

  • EMILY POST

    The parents are failing their children… Or should I say Parent… It is so tragic.God Awful parents… If your kid cant read it is 100% the parents fault and they are always blaming other people.
    Your kids are your responsibility. I have seen parents move into neighborhoods brag about where their kids go to school because it’s a heavily integrated school and the kids are not even doing well in the school.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I already see where this going… focus on your own kids and do the best you can.. don’t get caught up in the statistics long as your kids are doing okay learning … you should be fine …. That’s all that matters at this… Fugg around and be worried bout some shyt in another state out of your control … Raise your kids the best you can … And everything will flow outside of you the way it needs to…. Everything starts at home …

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Are you serious?

    I would never want to be a teacher but what can they do when they get kids who enter school already behind because their parents didn’t prepare them?

    You want teachers to teach but then when the children get home the parents undo everything that the teacher did for a few hours.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Facts:
    I am a academic Advisor at a College. I have worked as a Sub teacher.
    I was a kid.
    PARENTS ARE AWFUL. HOW DO YOU NOT MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD KNOWS HOW TO READ/WRITE & DO BASIC MATH?
    Blame the schools all you want. DEFLECTION.
    WHY ARE KIDS COMING HOME MONDAY – FRIDAY ANS ABLE TO WATCH TV/INTERNET/PLAY OUTSIDE.?
    STUDY. STUDY. STUDY.
    What is studying: READ YOUR TEXT BOOKS & DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Everything starts at home …

    Just wrote this!

  • tintin

    i ensured I started the reading process from birth by reading a book to my son every night. Once my son turned 3 i started with him learning the alphabet and sounds. Once in kindergarten, i got him a tablet and every type of phonics program i downloaded for him. I saw how he is so skilled at his games, so i showed him to be skilled with the phonics and now he’s now at 5 he’s not a a+ reader but he’s decent. and i will continue this until he is the best
    overall it’s true, parents are failing their kids if they cannot read at grade 4, Boys are always a little behind so you have to put in that time when it comes to them, which i ensure to do everynight.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    If your kid cant read it is 100% the parents fault and they are always blaming other people.

    Just wrote this!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Lazy parent. Let’s get out of the pool of denial.

    Just wrote this.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I’m asking that instead of a card, that everyone brings a book to the shower

    *standing ovation*

  • NeverSurprised

    The article you are referencing is for
    BRITISH white boys, not American. also, it says 45% of poor British boys can’t read, not the 75% figure we are getting for black American boys.

  • Yoni7

    ANNNNNNNNNNDDDDDD one of my shower locations I was looking to book (no pun) for the shower……..is at THE LIBRARY!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    LOL
    Cute. And perfect location. Make sure everyone gets a library card. Real talk.

  • Notstatusquo

    But what if the parents can’t read well themselves? For some this is a generational poverty issue. If you had a subpar education and you are struggling working 2- 3 low wage jobs to barely get by how much time are you realistically going to have to make sure your kid can read well. Then add on if you can’t read well yourself. How can you help your child out if you can’t pronounce the same word they can’t? Hell I have a college degree and half the time I can’t figure out the overly complicated hw my elementary school child brings home!!

  • SpiceGirl

    “Kids” can sing EVERY song on the radio but can NOT read or write! That is JUST sad on too many levels! Parent figure to busy doing them to worry about the education of the child?….Living up to the stereotype they put on us….just black and dumb! Strive to do better…..

  • stav

    Any time there is a study where blacks are Always (supposedly) made to look inferior /less than, I know this is nothing more than media manipulation as usual. Like you said if 75% of black boys can’t read( which I’m sure if true is in low income communities) . There are 75% of other races in low income communities this applied to as well.

  • Yoni7

    I would, but the way MY priorities will be set up for THAT day………..

  • JV

    Get kids *interested* in reading. I’ve taken some bad college classes that were supposed to help you with your grammatical skills, and I’m convinced I came out of some of those classes for the worse. Part of it was due to lack of interest. But if I found a subject I was interested in, I devoured the coursework.

    It could something so simple — even movie reviews can be interesting! If you have a kid who likes Guardians of the Galaxy, for example, maybe have them read a review of the movie. That gets them focused on a subject they love.

    You know what I used to love as a really young kid? Reading Rainbow on PBS. Anybody remember that?

  • Notstatusquo

    I don’t know about that. There are some all black charter schools in my area with high graduation rates and the children are outperforming the rest of the school district. I think the key is that these schools are given the resources to showcase black excellence at it’s finest so I can’t support a ban on all black schools. If given the right tools & support a child can thrive anywhere they are placed. And I highly doubt adults are bullying children about “whiteness”. If anything other kids may say something but just like everything else black kids face you have to teach them to be strong & proud of who they are.

  • Dowoop

    I agree. We always hear about how the public school system is trash (not saying that it isnt) but as a parent you can teach your child at home to.

  • Dowoop

    I agree. Both my boys were reading on their own in Grade 1. One struggled a little at the beginning but every night we sat at the table and we read.

  • Rayne

    All I see on the net is babies twerking and rapping. These new parents aren’t like big momma nem. Go sit down and read these books then come back and give me a verbal book report on what you read. Now it’s like they tell the kids sing that part of young thug song I like, meanwhile the kiddies don’t know their address let alone their parents full name. It’s crazy. Glad I was born a ’70’s baby.

  • Dowoop

    Then that is still failing the child. You would want your child to break out of the generational poverty cycle. If as a grown up you cant read then attend some ESL classes so that you can help yourself and your child. On your breaks read a dictionary so that you can help your child.

  • Dowoop

    I agree! If your kid dont get it at school, then you re-explain at home as many times as you need to until they do get it.

  • Tee Tee

    Passing a standardized test and not being able to read is 2 totally different things. For instance my 14 year old is autistic he can read on a college level and has tested as genius on standardized testing but his comprehension skills are horrible. He can read a book and cannot answer the questions about what he just read which causes issues in English class although for 9th grade he is in CP (College Prep) English due to his test scores. I’m not buying this!

  • We Can Do This

    http://www.thrivemovement.com/follow-money-education

    Here is a link on how and why public schools were structured.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Though there is a small percent that fall into your son’s category, and some people (old and young) just do not test well, the truth is most parents nowadays are not emphasizing the need to read, write, etc. They focus on Social Media popularity and feel their child is accomplished when their 2 or 3 year old can do the choreography in Beyonce’s videos or recite all of Travis Scott’s lyrics.
    Sadly, the fundamentals for life are not being taught by many parents and then when a teacher fails their child the parent goes to the school and threatens the teacher instead of correcting the student…

  • JV

    oh trust me.. I’ve known some people with college degree/at least in college who didn’t have literary skills either — of any race.

  • Yoni7

    give me a verbal AND WRITTEN book report
    ________________
    Fixed that for ya. LBS

  • Rayne

    Yes

  • hottlanta

    I don’t believe the reporting. Because according to the reporting data we are always behind in everything. The reporting will never show us above everyone doing well. You have to watch who is doing it and what their agenda is. White kids get money for their drug problems because it is so bad and they ain’t reading no books. It is all about marketing.

  • JV

    “Liberals believe mediocrity levels the playing field for inner city blacks.”

    I think the argument here is that if you start reallocating funds from public schools to private schools, you exacerbate the problem in public schools. I don’t think you’ll find too many stalwart defenders of the public school system — I certainly am not one — but you’re making problems exponentially worse by giving private schools those funds. Those schools are private for a reason — because people can pay for them with their own income, not taxpayer income.

  • SpiceGirl

    Most Def!! Yessss it starts at home! Some of the folks failed these children….just sad…smh

  • Tee Tee

    So true. I read to my boys every night (when they were small) and I make them read daily (even if it’s just a newspaper article) my 8 year old is a very good reader and test above grade level in reading. If my autistic son can read and write and do well these other boys can do the same. I told my son when I found out his diagnosis in first grade that we do not make excuses. Today he has never failed a grade, has never been in trouble and he is excelling was even offered college opposed to going to the 6th grade due to test scores (but I’m a mother hen I wasn’t having no parts of that).
    I stay in contact with his teachers and they are good at letting me know what he needs to work on. Just ordered him 5 new books for summer reading. I do not play! I have a cousin that didn’t do well in reading and writing my aunt hired a tutor for his entire high school years and he is now an ER Doctor. These parents need to get it together!
    Don’t get me wrong my boys love their electronics but they know education comes first!

  • darealwifey

    ***IF*** this is true, I don’t blame the schools, I blame the PARENTS! I’ll be doggone if I let my child not learn! If the school wasn’t doing their job, I’d home school. Parents need to hold these schools accountable and be active in their kids’ lives!

  • Indies beauty

    I don’t think this reporting is very active. But this has been going on for over 20 years now. One of the main factors here is language barrier between Ebonics and Standard English. Ebonics is structured grammatically like what African countries, while S.E has roots in Latin. This makes it hard for the student when they are taught in S.E.

  • JV

    One of the articles up there mentioned that girls have by and large caught up to males in mathematics nationally and are ahead in the language department.

  • JV

    Art is huge. Agree with all of this.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    …and that’s the whole point: we have to PARENT our children. In so doing they WILL NOT like everything we do or have them do, but in the end they will reap the benefits and appreciate it

  • Nataliegaye

    We have to develop these kids love of reading in the early stages of life instead of it becoming a burden as they get older. Do things like visit the Libraries and book stores just for the heck of it. I swear when I take my boys to the Barnes and Nobel by us and visit the kids section there is nothing but Asain kids like literally just hanging out reading. It’ is a legit hangout spot as they explore the books, sit and read, explore more books while the parents make the time and just wait. My boys weren’t too keen on reading just for the heck of it but I started to take them to B&N and the Library routinely and they stated to chose books that they liked to read independently, not the ones I thought they should read. The teachers told me let them select anything as long as it was on grade level, it could be comic books, chapter books, whimpy kid books because as long as they were reading words their comprehension and vocabulary would be improved. We have to reinforce good reading habits outside of the school setting. I know many parents may not have alot of time but early on in life it is very important to build good habits.

  • jazzysmith12

    exactly.Thank you for this post.

  • jazzysmith12

    A cave Neanderthal is a cave Neanderthal.If they conducted a STUDY in the U.S. the results would be the same for poor WHITE boys

  • millz

    As a parent and former after school teacher it starts at home! Read a book take a look… stop letting these kids watch tv and play video games all day! My kids were struggling so I started writing notes for everything… made them read menus… bought comic books anything …just so they would read and now they’re making good grades in school and have great grammar. Sorry not sorry

  • ALLMINE

    Only black folks depend 100% on the school system.. no learning at home no problem solving and no wisdom..smh

  • Noirluv45

    There are more Black homeschoolers than ever. I don’t understand why many of us generalize millions of our people.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I agree…I know grown men who can weigh out drugs but cant read to save they life. Its sad but we need to do better. My momma was an educator she would make us and her students read everyday. She knew back then that the system and bad parenting would let our kids down…we have to do better

  • Noirluv45

    Exactly!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I blame the parents if they dont give a crap about their kids education then why should we. Most of the parents of bad kids I know think that school is just a daytime babysitter for their kids. I see kids everyday going to school with no backpacks or with female students maybe a purse. Where are your books at and where is your homework????

  • Noirluv45

    Oh, and btw: In California, immigrant children get tutors regardless of how they perform, but Black kids don’t. My sister in law worked for the Compton school district. My brother has worked in L.A. school district for over 40 years, and I’ve taught as well. I can tell you not to believe everything you hear. Many of the Black children did wonderful in science. All they needed was someone to put them, and many of the White teachers didn’t.

  • Tawaii

    I agree with you. As a retired teacher, too many of the parents are using school as a babysitter. How can you not know that your 6 year old doesn’t know an A from an S, or keep your daughter home from school because Shanika is not able to put extensions in her hair . Many believe education is not important!

  • Tawaii

    Statistics don’t lie. The vast majority of us DON’T homeschool our kids because we have to WORK!!!!!!!

  • Tawaii

    That’s sn excuse! What about foreign kids that come here not speaking English and msnagd to excel! Education is valued in their home!

  • ALLMINE

    Really? U dont understand? Life aint fair. We are not white and arent judged individually like they are..

  • Noirluv45

    You obviously have never taken a statistics class. Yes, they do lie, and they are often manipulated. Statistics don’t tell the whole story. What studies have you done to determine how many of us homeschool our children? I doubt you’ve even investigated it, but of course, know-it-all’s never do. I suggest you do your research before thinking you know what you are talking about.

  • Tawaii

    Excuses, excuses, excuses! The blame lies with the parents! Education starts at home! Many Kindergarten kids come to school not knowing their names, only nick name.

  • Tawaii

    While you’re at it, find the link that shows the percentage of black parents that show up for teacher conferences!!!!!!

  • Noirluv45

    No, YOU don’t understand. Look, I’m a 50-something year old woman who is going through a life-or-death situation right now, so don’t lecture me about life. The problem with millennials is that they think they know every damn thing and you can’t tell them anything. People read an articule and jump to conclusions without even investigating the facts. That’s how White folks got us thinking we are at the bottom of the totem pole and that we aren’t the mothers/fathers of civilization.

    Trust me, I know about White supremacy and that we are not judged equality. Newsflash…that’s been going on since 1619. Nevertheless, they have us thinking everything negative about ourselves thus keeping us with a negative mindset. I refuse to participate in any of that crap. If you choose to, have at it.

  • Itzgoingdown

    Hope and Change…..lol. This is why I keep hammering Obama abandoning black kids in the ghettos

  • Noirluv45

    Do you know that many of those foreign kids get free help from the school districts? Did you know that? Well, if not, you do know. Many Black children, especially Africans, are excelling, but of course, Black people who always want to believe the worse about themselves will also grab onto b.s. stories like this and then point a gnarly judgmental finger at other Blacks before even bothering to research. So typical!

  • Noirluv45

    Since you are so self-righteous, what are you doing about the situation? Are you volunteering to help kids learn to read? Are you volunteering to help parents, who many have more than one job to make ends meet, with their children? People also act like they are God sitting on the throne looking down their noses at others, but aren’t doing a damn thing to solve the problem. It just makes them feel better about themselves to criticize others.

  • Itzgoingdown

    Hope and Change …..unless youre a black kid in The ghetto.

    The parents went to THE SAME HORRIBLE GHETTO SCHOOLS AND CAN’T READ THEMSELVES!!! This didn’t just start. Obama knew this and did nothing.

  • EScrazy

    The education system is just pushing kids through. My fiancées younger brother is 16 and is in an IEP program in Oakland which is basically no child left behind,all he has to do is show up and he passes,no bullshit,just show up…the boy can barely spell when he texts my fiancé for money

  • kennedy campbell

    this reading problem among black males has been going on before millennials. I remember sitting in my English class thinking to myself why is it when i hear the black guys read compared to anyone else in the class they sound like 4th graders. i’m a black male and thankfully my parents invested time into my sister and i with their own after school agendas. I also remember reading “Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?” and that too explained some of the statistics to me. I get you and saying they have us thinking negatively about ourselves but I def remember this. I had a recent conversation with my sisters about my nephews and the same thing in their class and my bosses as well.

  • Itzgoingdown

    What did Hope and Change Obama do for the education of black kids in the ghetto? Not a dam thing

  • Noirluv45

    For those who choose to understand what MANY Black boys go through in public school, please check out this video. It’s long, but at least understand his premise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4WTkw-EGt4

  • kennedy campbell

    sorry this comment was meant for someone else. except the millennials part

  • Noirluv45

    Brother, we must understand why many Black boys often don’t fair well in school. I can tell you from experience that many get harassed by White teachers and experience a very hostile learning environment. Check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4WTkw-EGt4

  • kennedy campbell

    remember sitting in my English class thinking to myself why is it when i hear the black guys read compared to anyone else in the class they sound like 4th graders. i’m a black male and thankfully my parents invested time into my sister and i with their own after school agendas…now the ebonics issue ??? can we completely place the blame there?

  • Malcom Flex

    All right here I go again. Where the F are black men?!

    We can talk about institutionalized racism all we want to and it starts in the home if the father don’t give a damn the black boy has a very high chance of failure.

    As a group black males have let their sons down and it shows this is our chickens come home to roost.

    And no not all black man or in jail and too many of you black women give your baby daddy’s passes and you say you don’t need them to help raise your son said yes you do!

  • kennedy campbell

    i remember sitting in class and all the black boys in my class in highschool sounded as if they were still in grade school. i’ve had this conversation with my sister plenty of times about my nephews and making sure that they read better than average. even my former bosses reading was atrocious. as well as his kids…and the kids in my nephews class room. no that isn’t every class room in the United States I’ve been in but it’s enough for me to know we still have a problem

  • Malcom Flex

    Thank you and I’ll go further I’ll blame black males are not caring about their sons or their kids in general. Most not all.

    It’s so embarrassing to me when I’m going to work and coming home. I see white man Hispanic men and Asian men with their kids. I see black women alone.

    Black man have no problem standing in line overnight to get sneakers but do they walk their kids to school do they care what their kids are reading are they doing homework with the kids the majority – no.

  • ALLMINE

    I agree.. can’t argue with that..

  • Malcom Flex

    I read what you wrote and I’m sorry about your illness if that’s what you have. Yes I know black families that homeschool they are married and they have two incomes coming in mother works at home dad works outside of the home. How can a black women homeschool but are single parents?

    Black women shot themselves in the foot talking about marriage is just a piece of paper.

  • Malcom Flex

    I like what you said but you and most other fonts are leaving out one important component which I continue to prioritize and that is the black male father or the lack of.

    No the slave master isnt stopping black men from parenting!

    The only thing that’s stopping black men from parenting is they didn’t get parented by their fathers themselves.

    It’s time for a black man to rise up and raise their son’s or the jails will.

  • Malcom Flex

    Here’s the reality dear. Black children are mainly failing because single-parent household don’t give them enough support they need their fathers in their lives.

    And yes Africans were coming over here kicking ass and taking numbers in 10 years they’re going to be the new black people. Africans tend to prioritize marriage and education things that most black Americans do not -most not all.

    I don’t lie and need to do statistics black kids need black fathers.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    When my daughter comes across a word she doesn’t know i teach her to sound it out.

  • Mojo2

    The progressive state of California once again letting our young men down. There’s no teaching going on in the class room.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    It’s not hard to understand…

  • Malcom Flex

    I live in California these little mush mouth black boys you’d think they came from deepest darkest Mississippi 1930.

    The only thing the majority of them are interested and is gaming hip-hop designer belts designer sneakers smoking weed and dating a little Mexican and Asian girls.

    Due to their lack of education they will be unsuitable as marriage partner so they won’t end up marrying the Asian and Mexican girls because her parents won’t end up allowing it because the guy is a dumbass.

    In my city usually you see more black man hanging on the corners with each other than walking their kids to school – shameful!

  • Malcom Flex

    It’s the parents letting the kids down education starts in the home

  • Mbailey

    OUR culture now rejoices in and worships hip hop culture and their stars. Kids have always learned from and listened to what is broadcast in their ears and eyes 24/7. Unfortunately, male phugg boy music and videos informs black males how they are to talk and behave. Many of their mothers enjoy the same music and same type of males, so it is doubly hard for these young black males to honor something that isn’t modeled in the home or the society. I wish there were more male educators in the school, so that black boys could get a break from being surrounded by nothing but women and girls.

  • Mbailey

    YES, it just can’t be left up to the schools. Black culture has been on a low for many, many years. When Barack and Michelle Obama were on the rise; the black community instead focused on calling Camel and Beyawnce “king” and “queen.” I was appalled, and just shook my head about the message this was sending to our children.

  • Youshockedme

    This is severe bad parenting at its finest a parent can’t wait on a teacher school starts at home this is shameful …..our black boys need some real black men to step in and help…all those so called gang banging adult thugs need to get off of there sorry buttstock and help these young boys instead of recruiting them to be worthless bums…smh

  • Mbailey

    THEY are too busy going to prison and blaming black women for single motherhood. Note to Venus and Mars: Black women do not get pregnant by themselves.

  • Mbailey

    PHUGG him. He is a psycho charlatan who takes the money of poorly thinking individuals.

  • Mbailey

    THE parents are too busy fighting for the right to call one another the white man’s nword. That’s what’s important in today’s black world.

  • Malcom Flex

    But you conveniently failed to mention the fathers that’s why I prioritize them in my conversations. Our black culture is so dysfunctional it’s taken for granted that the majority of black males do not give a shit about their kids particularly their son unless the mixed.

  • Mojo2

    I agree to a point but many kids with immigrant families that do not speak English are taught to read The educational system stinks. A few of my friends are teachers and they want to tear their hair out with the “outcome based education”

  • Malcom Flex

    You can agree to a point and the major point is black men have dropped the ball with parenting. Their son to reflect this. It all starts in the home.

  • Malcom Flex

    Yes some black males are in prison not all of them but the ones not in prison are failing their kids.

  • Malcom Flex

    Thank you he’s a fake hotep!

  • Malcom Flex

    What is your fiancé doing to help his brother?

  • Malcom Flex

    And if that’s true that’s because there is no mother and father go into the school giving them hell they know black kids are unprotected they know the black fathers don’t give a damn immigrant parents show up and show out not black fathers.

  • Mbailey

    MOST black men are listening to hip hop and rap, which puts phuggboy culture at a premium. It’s the way many men and boys grow up thinking. Like you said, there is no father in the house, and when he is—-he is listening to and representing phuggboy culture and music. Even the mama’s are playing this music and dating these types of phuggboy men. It’s a vicious cycle. And until black people realize that throwing secksual content at their children all day long has to stop with them, this shyt is going to continue.

  • Malcom Flex

    Preach. I say it all the time face-to-face and online. BM need to step up man up parent their damn kids.

  • Malcom Flex

    True. I’ve written here several times I have discarded hip hop. And I don’t socialize at hip-hop clubs and I’m not sitting in somebody’s house listening to hip-hop music all day either that’s garbage music. The black race in America is steadily failing.

  • Ro

    This is so sad

  • Mbailey

    THE bottom is now the top for most of our people.

  • Malcom Flex

    Currently the black race in America is failing at a steady pace. The black family is cracked fractured and ruined. Black man running from their sons. Black women breeding out of season. Both say marriage is just a piece of paper and look at the kids.

  • stanley

    It’s the fluoride in the water and all the various poisons in our food that’s causing us to lose our mental brain power, and lets not forget about the Vaccines. These kids never had a chance.

  • Malcom Flex

    Agreed. Black males were running to the NBA game last night. The majority have kids and a majority of them don’t walk the kids to school or pick the kids up from school or do homework with their kids -failures.

  • Malcom Flex

    They never had a chance because they have fathers that don’t give a shit keep it real.

  • Noirluv45

    So out of millions of Black people throughout the African diaspora, you are familiar with how many American Black/immigrant Blacks show up and show out?

  • yallcrazy

    They love to do there little studies and put everything bad on black folks. If it is true…which i doubt…maybe if they invested in rehabilitating (slavery…which =anxiety , behavior problems and a slew of other sht) instead of investing in killing them they wouldn’t have this reading problem. And yes some black families are still messed up behind what they did to us. It still affects to this day…from then and the sht they do now

  • Noirluv45

    Please explain in detail. Seriously. I’m asking.

  • Malcom Flex

    Black males love quoting gangster movies why don’t they use this quote from The Godfather. Don Corleone told Johnny Fontaine/Frank Sinatra character…..

    “A man who doesn’t take care of his family isn’t a man!”

  • Noirluv45

    Yes, Black kids do need Black fathers, but what you fail to realize, dear, is there are are many Black fathers who are married, taking care of their children, and very involved. You only hear/see the negative, but I see the reality. I know many Black men who stand up and stand out. Now, if you want to judge millions of Blacks, then that’s your business. Eyes do lie when they are narrow and choose to only see one thing. Have you ever investigated how many Black men are stand up or are you taking your play from the White man’s play book?

  • Malcom Flex

    Do you live in California? I do. It’s true. The majority of black boys who are fatherless by the way do not know how to read properly. Again do you live out here? If so you’d be admitting it’s true.

  • Malcom Flex

    Just doing a go fund me on Facebook talking about he wanted to have a school just for black boys he never open the school and he kept the money

  • Malcom Flex

    Another one in denial. Do you live in California like I do which is the topic? fatherless black boys cannot read. And the African immigrants that are coming over here and in the future be the majority the educated majority of black people in America?

    And in 10 years the fatherless black boys will be the permanent underclass. Is the most important point the future the future looks bleak for the majority of fatherless black boys.

  • Wile E. Coli

    This makes me so damned angry because all along, the NEA, Teacher’s unions and liberal politicians have been telling us we have the best education system in the world, they just need more money. They get their raises, funding.. and black boys are kicked to the side because, in reality, they don’t expect much from them anyway. I know where to place the blame. There are many people who share it. Not the least of which are the media and pop culture. But we’ve been making excuses for over 30 years. Lost souls. That’s what they are. Unprepared and doomed to a life of mediocrity and uncertainty. Then, THEY have kids. Back to square 1. But yeah.. let’s shout DeVos down because we’re doing SO damned well.

  • Noirluv45

    Thank you. Malcolm, there are some single parents that homeschool. Google single-parent homeschooling. I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but some manage.

    Yes, I would agree with your marriage is just a piece of paper comment. I’ve been saying that for years.

  • Mbailey

    SUPPOSED to be a “deep” brother-man, but people who have given him money to build some sort of school or business, have yet to see it materialize. He’s an angry, anti-female, blow-hard, who has no love for man or womankind, but want’s to tell them what to do with their lives. He lives and eats very well, but you’ll never see that money again, because he is eating it and shyting it out, while living in very luxurious surroundings.

  • Mojo2
  • EMILY POST

    The schook is not responsible for teaching your children the parents are…

  • EMILY POST

    You can tell they can’t read that’s one reason why they are heavily influenced by the images they see…. tv music etc

  • yallcrazy

    If it is true. They need to rehabilitate. Its damn sure not because they’re dumb…as they’d like to think. Its an effect from them. The things they’ve done. Like you said no fathers. Why do you think that is? What do you think it STEMS from?

  • Malcom Flex

    You’re asking me what do I think it stems from our culture doesn’t shame man when they abandon their family. Our dysfunctional culture puts the responsibility of parenthood directly on the mother. In other words black man get anti-parenthood passes. Because of slavery you know.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    I always knew this and wondered why people from other countries send their kids here to be schooled.. Im like so you want them to come home stupid…mkay have at it… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a21f5327c592d9df2783ee803a094213fbf865e6bae306c2af334e00c586548.gif

  • Harley

    THIS IS BULL CRAP STOP PROMOTING THIS FUKKKERY!

  • Harley

    I DO LIVE IN CALI AS WELL AND YOU ARE A LIAR !!!!!1

  • Harley

    SO ONLY BLACK MALES LOVE QUOTING GANGSTER MOVIES? WHO MADE THE MOVIES? WHO STARRED IN THE MOVIES? STOP MAKING IT SEEM LIKE ONLY BLACK MEN ARE VIOLENT WHEN THE REAL THREAT IS IN OFFICE KILLING UP WHOLE COUNTRIES OVERSEAS

  • Harley

    Who has fathers that do not care? There are millions of black males who are positive influences

    Its too bad YOU are surrounded by ignorance. Get out more..educate yourself. Here is a link to BLACK MEN RAISING AMAZING KIDS

    https://www.instagram.com/theblackmancan/

    Are you in the communities or hiding and spewing hate behind a keyboard like a white troll?

  • Harley
  • Harley

    YOUR A LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ttps://www.instagram.com/theblackmancan/

  • Harley

    YOUR A LIAR AND A WHITE TROLL

    https://www.instagram.com/theblackmancan/

  • Malcom Flex

    Another illiterate fatherless idiot.

    It’s “You’re” and I don’t click over to the links from idiots.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Question.. if you were never taught how to write..would you still know how to on instinct? How about read? Tie a shoe? Cook? You think because this is a behavioral issue it isn’t a learned behavioral issue? Im speaking of the men who abandoned and we accept. Just like writing reading shoe tying and cooking that was passed down and the proper way to do it for centuries, behaviors are the same. Yes there are few that break the cycle and begin to teach and learn out of it or else there wouldn’t be any type of marriages in our culture..and just for the record father +mother doesn’t equal smart child in all cases…

  • Malcom Flex

    Your white troll that promotes ignorance. You’re trolling as a dumb ghetto chick.

  • Malcom Flex

    troll step off you’re going to get blocked in a second. I’m sorry you were raising in the ghetto I’m sorry your father abandoned you I’m sorry you have a bastard child and I’m really sorry you don’t know how to take off the caps lock ???

  • Malcom Flex

    Clearly you live in the part of California I don’t I don’t live near knucklehead hood rats.

  • Malcom Flex

    I don’t accept men who abandon their children neither does my family we shame them.

  • Malcom Flex

    BH I am not looking at the lake my eyes don’t lie the majority of black man don’t live with their kids and your mammy if you were black woman and if you are a black woman you’re a dumb hood rat.

  • Harley

    Ghetto? Of course you would refer to anyone defending the Black family and Black man as ghetto? Am I angry as well?? Keep promoting dissention in OUR community and YOU will continue to be called a troll and a coon

  • Harley

    WOw and you had the nerve to call me ghetto !! Whats Bih? Can you spelll or articulate. Oh and YOU do not want to look at facts rather be ignorant like the so called fathers you are assasinating the character of!!!!

    WEave, Hoodrat, Unmaried… just throwing out all the stereotypes huh? Why would anyone belive YOUR CLAIMS regarding black fathers when you are CLEARLY a stereotypical troll??

  • EMILY POST

    Their children are the ultimate reflection on them. More concerned with what they are going to look like but not concerned with whats in that head of theirs.. Your kid not knowing how to read is child abuse.

  • Harley

    It seems you do to think ALL black men here are not parenting. I live around MANY who do! And there are millions ALL over who do!

    Guess you have not seen all the post of black men graduating

    https://www.instagram.com/theblackmancan/

  • Harley

    YOUR ALREADY BLOCKED FOR YOUR STEREOTYPICAL RANTS!!! WHITE TROLL!

  • Malcom Flex

    Simmer down mammy the truth hurts doesn’t it. The black community is a laughing stock. 72% out of wedlock rate. 60% of the women are obese. And dumb bishes like you trying to lie.

    I’ll repeat since you clearly are slow that’s what happens when you live in a segregated neighborhood -the majority of black men are not parenting their son you can’t prove me wrong because that’s the truth deal with that mammy. I sure do hope you don’t have any kids because you have anger issues but most angry black women have a bastard or two sucks to be them.

  • Harley

    A dumb ghetto chick would not defend the educated and strong black male….. https://www.instagram.com/theblackmancan/

  • Harley

    The person who calls people bih’s and labels black woman is worried about grammar on an entertainment blog? Get a life!

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    That is YOUR family..Your family isn’t the world and it doesn’t revolve around it. Like I said in my statement some families are an exception…not all..maybe your families slaves where on a plantation that allowed marriage..some weren’t that fortunate..

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Your mother is white?

  • Malcom Flex

    Bih. Bish all means the same thing. Again I could tell you were ignorant because you’re lying about the reality of black America today the majority of black men are not raising their son. The majority of black boys are fatherless -you’re retarded.

    Knucklehead wench- do you not know what the majority mean that means most.

    Thanks for the laughs heffa ??Mammy’s are alive and well

  • Malcom Flex

    Yeah you need a life with your tired angry black woman routine stepping up trying to troll me.

  • Harley

    Wow you ARE CLEARLY a white person?
    Mammy? Hoodrat? Un Married? No reason to respond to a child who name calls. No facts just stereotypes!! you have been blocked.

  • Youshockedme

    Exactly this is one time you can’t blame the white man or slavery this right here falls on the parents 75% of black boys can’t read…smh this is the parents fault hands down wtf is going on this is a shameful disgrace to us as black people smh I’m upset and hurt by this life is already bad enough for our blacks now this we need to step up and step up now

  • Malcom Flex

    Naw knucklehead wench I’m black. I’m sorry you been in the ghetto too long and you’re just around the same low-level people who think and talk like you do. Black people come in all shapes sizes and thought patterns. Deal with it.

  • Youshockedme

    You are not lying black kids are being left to fend for themselves smh

  • Harley

    He is a white troll! He is constantly stereotyping black people in general and when you hit him with facts he name calls.. Block him

  • Mojo2

    They send them over for the universities, MIT science programs have few Americans as they can’t keep up. If they send them over for the lower grades its to attend the private schools like Miss Porter’s School a girls located in Farmington, Connecticut. Oprah sent her niece there.

  • Harley

    at the lake? oh you dont want to read facts just spew hate !!! OK thats what I thought

    https://www.instagram.com/theblackmancan/

  • Harley

    and his dad too! he is a white troll

  • Harley

    All the name calling shows YOU are in fact the one who is uneducated. Retared? Knuckehead? Mammy?

    The ignorance among whites is real!

  • Harley
  • Harley
  • Harley

    No I have a life! Your revolves around the HOOD you live in because I am surrounded by educated and talented black men!!!!

  • Malcom Flex

    You are so boring. You hood rats think that all black people are just like you – angry.

    Hood rats call black people with independent thought white.

    You’re no longer worthy for any response from me keep trolling and keep following and keep talking you won’t be getting any reply from me.

    You are so stereotypically ignorant I do believe you are a white troll!??

  • Youshockedme

    Bish drive through the hood and you will see you should be concerned also but you wanna be stupid don’t comment on my comments just keep it moving I’d you don’t agree Bish

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    OOHHH..now the rhetoric makes sense.. thanks for enlightening me..

  • Youshockedme

    See you are a responsible parent…kudos to you

  • Harley

    I am in the trenches in the hood. I am involved in my community. “Bish”? It seems the uneducated person would be YOU!

  • Vicki White

    Wow! Some wonderful comment ts on such a serious issue. Thanks Miss Rose! First, there are great single black parents and then there are the bad ones. I doubt these little boys are slow or have learning disabilities, but they aren’t getting what they need at home.

  • Indies beauty

    It starts in the schools. Young children with a background in Ebonics are being taught how to read and write standard English with the same methods as children who grew up with S.E apoken around them. So the students naturally fall behind because they face challenges with grammar
    structures different than Ebonics. I can’t remember the exact name of the case but it was between the state of California and I believe a school district. They were arguing to consider Ebonics as a second language in order to identify these students and provide curriculum tailored to their challenges. Unfortunately due to stigma, opposition came mostly from the black community as they refused to acknowledge Ebonics as a variation of Standard English rather than an improper dialect.

  • Indies beauty

    It’s just one part of the problem.

  • BRuhman_Vista

    Sorry, but something doesn’t seem right. Am I to understand that ‘foreign kids” have access to funds that provide “free help”, while black kids in these same school districts do not have access to said funds? I’d guess that these districts in question with significant blacks populations are heavily democratic and probably have been that way for a long time — largely due to virtually 100% black voter support of democrat school board members and representatives. Why then would blacks in these districts not demand that their kids get this funding? If what you’re saying is true, black folks who live in such areas have no one else to blame but themselves. Hold the elected officials that control access to these special funds accountable and make sure that black kids are getting the help they need.

  • Youshockedme

    That’s great that you are doing something productive now on the other hand i am nowhere near uneducated miss I’m the person that are giving people jobs who come from these broken places. ..see you are trying to disrespect me but your focus should be on our black young boys not on my personal opinion. .thank you for your constant use of the bish word and your foolish insults it’s always one person in the group ….regardless of your personal opinion of my thoughts I love my black people and I want the best for us including you so please have a great day and continue to be productive in your community work

  • Indies beauty

    Also majority of these students are placed in ESOL or language merging programs. Any student who speaks English as a second language when entering the school system is placed in some level of immersion program.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You guessed right. The nation’s public school systems provide tutors and extra Spanish language personnel for foreign kids, while black boys fall through the cracks.

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Will do!

  • Indies beauty

    1996 Oakland school district vs State of California. Thia was the final resolution, but there were many cases leading up to this..

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thank you! Black boys are as smart as any other child of a different race or nationality. The problem is black boys are being systematically fast-tracked to fill private prisons. The schools provide tutors and extra Spanish language personnel to foreign kids, while black boys languish in schools.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Learning starts at home people. I heard they don’t teach phonics at school anymore.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    At what point, does a person say, HOW DO I GET BETTER FOR MYSELF & MY CHILD?
    There are DOZENS of programs & individual people who are more than willing to HELP FOR FREE!
    Instead of riding Obama, what have you done?
    Because I always give back to my community.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Schools have free tutoring
    Kids should not be allowed to “hang out” after school.
    Kids should read to their parents.
    There are solutions.
    Other family members should be reaching out.

  • Wile E. Coli
  • stanley

    I didn’t have a father and I can read lol….

  • Mojo2

    Nobody can read in California, that’s why it’s a mess!! Just the way the California politicians want it, they got just what they wanted. It’s easy to control the ignorant

  • Mojo2

    ^^^ This. Fabulous.

  • Mojo2

    I agree, something is way wrong. And they better fix it ASAP.

  • Dowoop

    GO BACK AND READ IDIOT…Thats why i said re-explain it at home. Furthermore no working parent can teach everything the school does. Let me guess you know world history, math, geography and you are going to teach you child a university education as well? I’d say use your brain but clearly its not functioning well.

  • chris

    They could write whatever message they would in the card in the book. I like this.

  • chris

    “I wouldn’t put this in the same category of severity or concern as other achievement gaps,” said Tom Loveless

    Of course you wouldn’t loveless, gotta keep those prisons full. THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT FOR US. NONE OF THEM. ONLY WE CAN HELP US. WE ARE ON OUR OWN BLACK PEOPLE. PLEASE UNITE

  • chris

    Links to the studies??

  • chris

    Who said anything about them let them handle their own problems and we’ll worry about ours.

  • chris

    What makes you say that?

  • chris

    There should be accountability on all levels if your kids failing someone should look into the household and the teachers.

  • chris

    Too much good black music in the world to listen to that trash

  • chris

    So what should we do pretend there isn’t a problem and continue business a usual? You identify the problem then address it, playing victim and finger-pointing isn’t helping anything or anyone.

  • EMILY POST

    Calm down I wasnt disagreeing with your statement…

  • Yen Chantress

    This headline is so deceiving in it’s wording. Do they mean in the state overall or did they go to a small portion of the state to propagate these statistics? Hell, the educational system, in the states, should hold no measure of intelligence or literacy for any child. Period! I have a child genius and 2 genius Grand’s who attended public schooling. I was ever so disappointed, when I began to investigate these corrupt school systems. Let’s just say, “If any parent is sending their child to school (only) to be educated, they are setting them up for a probable fail”. Facts!

  • Malcom Flex

    I blocked that mammy. She’s a defender of dysfunction and fairy tales. Eyes don’t lie if the MAJORITY of black boys don’t have a dad in their home or their lives we as a people are in crisis. We are in crisis!

  • Yoni7

    Yep. But the book will be in his library. EVERY home should have a bookcase AND BOOKS/mags/literature.

  • Yen Chantress

    Some people are not aware of the phonetic structure of English. It is my least favorite, of all languages I have studied. It is a very tricky and confusing one. English has over 44 different sounds, “Phonetics”. Even the most well-educated of people (Those termed African American) tend to have issue with grammar and speaking;especially, “The Queen’s Language”. Ebonics is a direct response of not being raised, utilizing of the native tongue.So, this confusing phonetic structure, forced upon a foreign people, comes out in error. Simply, because most of us are not aware that we have a native tongue that we have been kept away from.

  • Yen Chantress

    Digging up nuggets SandraRose…

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Because you doubt it, I’m sure you can look this study up and find out if it’s true.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    It didn’t state anything about them being dumb or having learning disabilities. All its saying is black boys are falling behind on where they should be for their grade reading wise.

  • Yen Chantress

    I have commented on a few posts here today, then I ran across this exchange. I find the tone of this exchange to be a doable one for some future lessons. I often utilize social media exchanges, when educating my 9 and 10 year old Grand’s on the behavior of people on social media. I cannot wait to hear their take on this exchange! Harley, you can clearly take care of yourself, but I had to come in and say something. :-)

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I didn’t agree 100% with the dad thing a few years ago but recently through psychological articles, podcasts and just talking to educated people i agree 100% that father’s in the home are absolutely important. A recent article i read stated that kids learn not only from mom but most importantly from dad. They learn how to treat ppl based on watching dad. If a father treats his wife and daughters well that boy will grow up to do the same because he learned from dad.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Which is why I play doo-wops, 80s and 90s music for my kids lol.

  • Malcom Flex

    “Harley” the mammy got blocked and the repeated facts are MOST black boys in America have no dad in their lives, #facts

    Dunno if you’re trying to be left handed since you comment back to me specifically. IF you do have grandkids don’t have them up in adult conversations, ridiculous, let kids be kids that’s not right gossip boards can be toxic for children day to day face to face is challenging enough for kids. Educate them on have basic manners and knowing which fork to use and how to use their napkins at the table, instead if you haven’t already.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Everyone foreign who comes here is required to learn standard English. Latinos speak spanglish only in the home NOT at school. Ebonics can be used in the home but standard English is what’s taught to everyone.

  • Malcom Flex

    MOST black families in the USA are fatherless and struggling. No matter what any guilty women say and theres a ton of guilt and mammying at this topic the facts are out there. the MINORITY of black families have an active father. the MINORITY.

    For the slow chicks. The MAJORITY that means MOST BLACK FAMILIES ARE WOMEN-LEAD.

    Which is why black boys are failing no dad in the home. Yall lie deny deflect and talk about your fam and your sisters cuz step daddy that has a dad. MOST DON’T HAVE FATHERS thus the failure.

    Keep rereading what I’ve written here. It’s the truth. Lurkers know this.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Sandra because black boys already speak English. Black boys can also learn from their peers that’s entirely different than someone who comes here and doesn’t know the language at all. If anything foreign non English speaking kids have to work harder than black boys, but they somehow still manage to succeed.

  • Youshockedme

    I was always told agree with your adversary quickly it’s pointless trying to argue with people with extreme opinions …Malcom I don’t even have children and I’m outraged we are definitely in a crisis and it’s severe black male children is our future and we need them to be strong and intelligent black children are smart and bright but they’re intelligence needs to be nurtured and cultivated …it definitely starts at home and we need father’s and adult men to step up and help these young black males to grow into powerful strong men this is upsetting to me parents have to step up its no excuses period somebody has to step in and help there child become somebody it’s so disheartening to see mothers in the club half naked and taking selfies all day but theyre child can’t even read I can’t speak from a man’s point of view but when are black men going to father they’re children…????

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I believe blacks are ahead in athletics but being book smart also doesn’t hurt.

  • Youshockedme

    Exactly I think that’s what upset me the most it’s no Concern or severity what are you crazy dude 75% can’t read omg this sucka right here made me turn light skin and I’m brown lol. …….I’m mad as heck and I don’t even have kids…

  • yallcrazy

    I know it doesn’t say that. Thats a statement i made. That its not because they are illiterate. Its because of stress and anxiety is what I think.

  • Malcom Flex

    I, too don’t have kids but they’re enough in my family to see what’s going on. Most of the kids in my fam with no fathers are failing, falling off, getting into trouble. Nobody can replace a Father. The ones with active dads are doing well. Our often dumb race is the only race that pretends that fathers don’t matter. Without my father I wouldn’t be here. I hate the lies and deflecting.

    Saying “my father is in my life” doesn’t negate the fatherless MAJORITY. Some BP talk just like WP! You have to knock the knuckleheads hard. Look around. How many BM you know that are active hands on fathers involved with their kids? I know a few. The MAJORITY are failing their kids. I talk to them like I write here. You’re not a man if you’re not helping to raise your kids.

  • Indies beauty

    Exactly. Alot of people fail to understand this. Ebonics is structured similar to West African languages. While Standard English has Latin routes.

  • Malcom Flex

    All my Black friends who are teachers here in the California school system finger point to lack of paternal involvement. Kids get fast tracked to loser-ville when parents don’t give a damn and slack off. They say most of the time the black parents don’t show up. This is the public school system, private school is another story also It’s a myth that all foreign kids are getting tutors, many aren’t even going to school anymore afraid to be deported.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Right but parents can help with this…

  • Indies beauty

    Spanglish is not considered a variation of Standard American English. Ebonics is. It’s called African American Vanecular. One of the reason for this learning gap, is people refusing to aknolwkde this variation therefore they are not producing materials tailored to these students. I’m not saying the Ebonics is a main reason but it’s a factor oftenr forgotten. Students who put down Spanish as their first language are placed in immersion program’s. Those with a background in African American Vanecular are mainstream without any support.

  • Youshockedme

    You name called also you called me a bish so include yourself

  • Yen Chantress

    Your comments ??have no relevance to proper advice towards my Grand’s . Their frequency is out of your range of forté. But presumptuous and pretentious behavior seems to be a norm, concerning your social etiquette. You should follow your own advice, it could work wonders.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Says who? You? Cuz im Hispanic and I assure you it is. Hence the name Spang.lish….

  • Youshockedme

    I totally agree my father was a major force in my life he was the first real man I ever encountered. ..he was a responsible black man who took great care of me all his siblings are college graduates they’re kids are college graduates I’m a college graduate my mom was a college graduate …my dad taught me how to read at a high level I had and have books for days I read for fun. ..it was my dad who gave me that love…I too am from cali but I live in the south and omg i see that parents aren’t teaching the children that they have nothing so to hear that California is on the same track is disheartening to my soul…I pray that this story helps one parent take charge of they’re child’s future

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Because Ebonics is English and Spanish is not.

  • Noirluv45

    OK, you talk about continuing business as usual. What do you suggest? How are you contributing to the solution? It’s not about “playing victim and finger-pointing.” It’s about reality and how many of you on this born are clueless.

    The only finger pointing done is by judgmental people who bump their gums and don’t do shit to solve problems. I put my money where my mouth is. What about you?

  • Youshockedme

    It’s true everything I know about life care from my dad…not excluding my mother but his teaching was much more powerful

  • Yen Chantress

    My post seemed to have vanished, but I will re-iterate..Your comments above have no relevancy towards my Grand’s. You would probably be more successful, if you would adhere to your own advice you give on social media. You are proving yourself to be quite presumptuous, as well as pretentious.

  • jazzysmith12

    dude i said it because it was sarcasm.they always try to make blacks inferior with their bullsh!t studies.

  • Noirluv45

    Yes, that is exactly right as it relates to Compton school district. Don’t you realize that foreigners who come here get help not only from the government, but support for their communities that have NOT been dismantled like Black communities around the country (read gentrification). I don’t know if this funding has to do with grants. I have no idea the source, but I do know that she fought to get Black children the same rights, and perhaps, the parents did too.

  • Noirluv45

    Hmmm. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing that because I had no idea.

  • Mbailey

    I HEARD about him, before I saw his videos. And when I saw his videos, I knew he was not for me. He’s bleeding people dry and living a lux life..

  • Noirluv45

    I used to live in California, my brother lives in California and has been teaching for over 40 years within LA Unified school district (I did too at one time), and his wife is a teacher, so I think I know a little bit about the situation.

    Fatherless Black boys cannot read, but all those who do have fathers can? Now how much sense does that make to you? You’ve surveyed all the fatherless/non fatherless and have come up with that conclusion? What studies have you done to prove your theory? Do you even know how many American Blacks are thriving in school or do you seek out the ones who aren’t? Trust me, I realize the role of a father in the home is of utmost importance, and, yes, many Black boy and girl suffers from a lack of daddy in the home, but I’m not going to agree with your wide generalizations. Sorry. We’ll agree to disagree.

    I’ll ask you again. Since you see things so bleakly, are you going into those communities to volunteer to help children read? If not, then you are NOT a part of the solution.

  • Malcom Flex

    Another delusional BW. I have no kids and I’m sure you a baby-grandmother. Good luck being the strong bw. Yeh that’s working out so well. Example, black boys reading scores in Cali which is the entire point. Adios, grand baby-
    mammy.

  • Anji

    I volunteer in Compton Unified School District. We’ve known for years that we were losing our boys. I and many others learned to read before we attended school. My son was autistic. He excels in English skills, but not math. I read to him soon after birth and he developed a love for books. He didn’t have screen time until age 5 and it was limited. His games emphasized English skills. It’s not hard. Have a plan and work it. As an adult, to this day, he prefers reading and playing instruments in his down time.
    In this district we rarely see Black parents at meetings. I was shocked and now I’m just numb to it. Reading is fundamental and it starts at home.

  • Noirluv45

    OK. SMH. He’s lost all credibility.

  • Indies beauty

    It doesn’t matter how you identify yourself or what you speak with your family and friends. Spanglish is not a recognized,language let alone a variation of English. One of the main criteria for a language is must have a universal set of rules. Spanglish is Spanish with mixed with English words.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Do you know Spanglish? The structure and everything it entails?And what is Ebonics? Its still ENGLISH. Which means kids who know Ebonics should excel further than non English speaking kids…

  • BRuhman_Vista

    Thanks for clarifying.

  • Indies beauty

    Your missing the point. What im
    saying is that Spanglish and Ebonics are two different things. Although Ebonics is a variation of Standard English. In 1996 it was recognized by the courts as an African language . This is because grammatically, Ebonics shares a close pattern to West African languages. Spanish is not considered Standard English but it shares a similar structure to English. This puts both groups at a disadvantage. However when students who speak Spanish are placed in the classroom they are identified as esol or ESL (English as a second language) students. Students with an Ebonics background are not labeled as ASL. Therefore they are not provided supplemental support. They are expected to be on the same level as students who have been speaking Standard English since birth.

  • Indies beauty

    Please look up School district of Oakland Vs. State of California

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    No, you’re missing the point. Your defense is that black boys are falling behind because Enonics is not being recognized as a form of English. My response is that EBONICS IS STILL ENGLISH AND THESE KIDS CAN SIT IN A CLASSROOM AND OVERALL UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON. NON ENGLISH speaking kids cannot why? Because they don’t understand English but when they do learn they still excel. So why can’t black boys?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Also why aren’t black girls falling behind as well, based on your Ebonics theory?

  • Mrs. J. L. Kidd

    Puhleeze. Tougher learning curve my ass lol My parents didn’t even speak English and I learned how to read and write English. These kids are being set up for prison. I mean really in 2017 if one can’t read then what else are they going to do?

  • Yen Chantress

    Your poor choice of adjectives weave your own noose, allegorically speaking. I am something you know nothing about. So, you did right by saying “Goodbye”! Au revoir!

  • Faux Gibbler

    World needs more Moms like you.

  • We Can Do This

    Lol! You are right. The was just something I wanted to share.

  • SummerBaby

    Grandson?! Congratulations! ????

  • Indies beauty

    I was speaking about all Ebonics speaking children . I wasn’t specifically speaking about just males. I was giving a general consensus.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    But the article is solely based on black boys. Speaking about it in general has nothing to do with the topic in question cuz it’s only about black boys.

  • Indies beauty

    The reason is because the students are recognized as ASL and Black boys and girls from an Ebonics speaking background are not labeled as such . Therefore they are not given as much help and resources as other students labeled ASL. Based on that ruling, Ebonics was defined as a language on its on. It’s not considered part of Standard American English, similar to Spanish. The problem is schools are not doing their part by labeling them as ASL. That is a major factor. Read the ruling and you will understand what I’m saying.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    So parents preparing their kids beforehand and working with their kids at home on homework and on school projects has nothing to do with it?

  • NIA

    The EDUCATION system is a set-up to fail for a majority of kids of Color. It does not challenge their Intellect.

    HOWAR UNVERSITY HAS DONE THE STUDY of the differences of learning style …

  • NIA

    PUBLIC SCHOOL failed to utilize the necessary tools this Is NATION WIDE. …. it’s the PUBLIC SCHOOL THAT ARE THE FAILURES.

  • NeverSurprised

    We can either go with the facts, or simply make them up as we go along. YOU said 75% of WHITE California boys can’t read. You were asked to substantiate your claim with documentation. You had none, so you supplied a link that has absolutely nothing to do with white California boys or with the 75% figure you quoted.

    If you make a claim and are asked to substantiate it, either do so, or say your are simply making up numbers that you WISH existed. Black boys have always ranked at the bottom of academic testing. We need to fix THAT problem, not deflect by pretending that other groups are faring just as badly when they AREN’T.

  • Jamal Warner

    It’s not hard to understand. It makes little sense to me.

  • Jamal Warner

    You are right they are being set up for prison. It is a prison pipeline that is design by white supremacist specifically to target black children. Let’s not act as though everything is equal. These young men face a tough road being black in America. You act as though there is not a system in place that will mean they will be deprived of resources and opportunities.

  • jazzysmith12

    How about you kiss my black azzzz and all the black boys in Amerikkka black azzz also.lol

  • chris

    I don’t have kids either but I bet my bottom dollar if it was illegal immigrants Hispanic children who couldn’t read he would be moving mountains to fix it. It’s just black boys.

  • Youshockedme

    Exactly it’s so painful to know that we as black people are so hated and despised that non blacks are willing to allow innocent children’s lives to be destroyed over skin color smh they want things for our children that they wouldn’t even think about having for their own children. ..

  • chris

    Wtf is a background in ebonics? If they had a background in actually reading books they would be better off.

  • Yoni7

    Girl yes. She went from degree to diapers and shit.

  • Yoni7

    Thank you.

  • SummerBaby

    Awww! I’m glad she got that degree first. Good luck to y’all on your new blessing.

  • Yoni7

    Thank you.

  • Yoni7

    Any shower or name suggestions?

  • Noirluv45

    You’re welcome.

  • Dowoop

    In that case, I digress and apologize.

  • Indies beauty

    Don’t show your ignorance. Ebonics is the non formal term for African American vernacular. Take your advise and crack a book. I suggest “What is English? : and why should we care?” By linguist Tim William Machan. Enlighten yourself and come again.

  • chris

    You’re stuck on stupid if you think I would read a book like that. Ebonics is not a language, it differs greatly from region to region. On top of that not all blacks speak or understand it.

    Fact of the matter is that until ebonics is taught at schools or in textbooks (which it NEVER will be) black kids need to learn to read and talk proper English. These schools don’t give af about these kids why do you think they gonna cater to them in the classroom??let’s be real

    Slang or ebonics is fine for informal speech but school is not that setting. Neither is the workplace that school is supposed to be preparing you for.

  • Renee26

    Advice?? If you’re going to read somebody about being ignorant you should at least make sure your own grammar is on point.

  • Indies beauty

    If you don’t want to read the book, read the 1966 Oakland school district vs State of California. And then come back.

  • Indies beauty

    Lol my grammar does not negate from my points.

  • Niggatron

    All these kids listen to Lil Yachty

  • Indies beauty

    BTW I’m far from stupid. That’s why I’m able to state my opinion and provide references. I’m an English Lit major with a focus on linguistics and cultural studies. My end of term thesis for my language class in fall was ten pages and focused on the relationship between Ebonics and standardized testing. I’m not speaking opinion but facts. Ebonics is real. People who refuse to acknowledge it are the problem. Students who speak African American vernacular need to be labeled as ESL so they can be provided resources to help them read and write. Not every black child speaks AAV but those who do, speak it because of their social spheres. It’s not wrong or Improper. It just signals the child is not naturally fluent in standard English and requires extra help.

  • chris

    Interesting read but that’s just Oakland, not going to happen nationwide. AAV is too varied and it really doesn’t make sense to train children in something that is largely viewed as unacceptable. This also does not explain why it is only black boys who are having problems. Black girls are raised by the same parents and attend the same schools. This brings me back to my original point it’s all on the parents.

  • chris

    Well I’m far from ignorant so play nice and I will as well. No one is denying that it is not a real thing, I just don’t think it makes a difference. I find it real difficult to believe that these kids who can comprehend all levels of new slang and emoji talk and work all these new apps can’t really understand proper English if they tried.

    What were the findings of your thesis Standardized tests include math as well so explain the lower performance?

  • Indies beauty

    Thanks for taking the time to read about. I wasn’t only speaking about black boys I was speaking in general because black students as a whole are slightly behind in public schools. I was stating another factor to the problem not the main cause. Also, location does not matter. The ruling can be applied anywhere.

  • SummerBaby

    Lemme think?

  • Oya Shango

    This is by design. In other words, Blacks in general can expect to remain at the bottom economically. Which means, no money, no industry, no political power.

  • EMILY POST

    Maxine Waters has nothing to say about that… Instead of chastising Donald Trump she needed to be on the department of Education under the previous Administration that is epically failing black children. How embarrassing! The most Liberal state Black boys cant read in… The ultimate Crime against humanity is not educating your children.

  • Genia W-m

    He doesn’t see this as severe?!! WTH?! This is severe and needs immediate action. How are kids getting to the 4th grade and can’t read? Lots of blame here but primarily with the parents. Can they read? This is an entire state folks where black boys can’t read!!! Something should be done. Tutoring, parent education. Heck, call a town hall style meeting to see what the school and parents can do in a collaboration!!!

  • Lilywhiteazz

    The parents of these children are to blame. Can’t read???? Read to your kids. No one wants to destroy these boys. We cannot succeed as a nation if these boys fail. Why don’t these parents embrace President Trump’s plan for charter school? Insist on all boy schools in your neighborhood, filled with strong black men teaching them. I bet there do not have fathers in the home. That makes a big difference.

  • Lilywhiteazz

    You can’t throw money at a problem and expect it to work. Make getting married before having children and encourage fathers in the home. That would fix the problem. Instead young girls with a baby on their hip and their face in a cell phone is the problem.

  • Youshockedme

    You have made some valid statements. ..

  • Mojo2

    Teaches union count, not our children. Lots of money is donated by unions to a certain political party to the determent of our children.

  • https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2I1RJP9SCFKX7 (((The Sanity Inspector)))??

    No one is trying to keep black people down. Uncounted billions are being spent, decades on end, trying to reverse ruinous trends like this.

  • https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2I1RJP9SCFKX7 (((The Sanity Inspector)))??

    Parental non-involvement is no myth. My kids attended an 80% black elementary school, where the turnout at the PTA meetings was 60% white.

  • MLP123

    By whose design? Parents need to parent. Read to your kids. Not that hard.

  • Sheyonce

    Exactly! How are these parents being prevented from teaching their kids to read!? I’m so sick of these dead beat azz parents who put ZERO effort into ensuring their children are equipped for life.

  • Sheyonce

    Reading starts at home.

  • Sheyonce

    LMAO I swear I was over here thinking the same thing! Books are typically written in correct English, so all parents have to do is read them. It’s not that hard.

  • MLP123

    It starts at home. What do you even want kids for if you aren’t interested in personally spending time with them? Why would you expect an impersonal government institution to give a crap? If you have a kid in a school system – any school system, public or private – you should still expect to be involved. Kids whose parents hand off the responsibility fall through the cracks.

  • MLP123

    I fail to see how this has anything to do with the inability of many black male students to read. The remedy lies with the parents or parent, if that person is single, and they have complete control over this situation if they choose to exercise it.

  • Lilywhiteazz

    These mothers are not working 2 or 3 jobs. They are sitting on their ass with their face in their phones

  • Youshockedme

    It’s not for you to see…this is how I am viewing this situation. …I do agree that the parents are 100% at fault here. .lastly If 75% of black male children can’t read and a person of authority In the school district says there is no need for concern..you tell me what that means….

  • teeky2

    Failing to meet standards is not the same as not being able to read or write. Failing to meet standards means only that they don’t read or wrte very well……yet. Some students take longer to get there, largely depending upon where they started.

  • teeky2

    Nobody said these students can’t read. That’s not what the data even means.

  • teeky2

    and involves literally years of parents and caregivers developing a strong oral language base—the base upon which reading and writing are constructed. Vocabulary, hearing books read, also fine motor skills like coloring, lots. These deficits DO take years and extra personnel (reading specialists, occupational-therapy specialists, etc.) to remediate. Unfortunately, these are the very people some districts are being forced to cut out due to lack of funding.

  • teeky2

    The data didn’t say these kids can’t read. It said they can’t read very well (up to standard). Yes, they are behind, but the usual reason for that is that they came to kindergarten behind their peers. It takes years to fix these global types of deficits.

  • teeky2

    But it’s not generally the Hispanic children who can’t read.

  • Youshockedme

    Ok

  • teeky2

    You heard wrong. Phonics must be taught. It’s spelling.

  • MLP123

    I don’t think this was a school administrator. The article says it was a researcher at the Brookings Institute, and I think he was just trying to put this particular issue into some perspective – although I think he failed pretty spectacularly to communicate that. Hence all of the outrage. Here is the statement: “The disparity in reading and writing performance between black boys and girls is not raising alarms in California.” It is possible there is a similar, though not quite as pronounced, disparity between white boys and girls. They break these things down by all sorts of categories to try to figure out which factors have the most influence on academic success. Now they also no doubt compare performance of black boys and white boys. If that achievement gap is significant, then you could bet they’d find it important enough to do something about it! Racial politics influence school funding, so performance gaps between ethnic groups would make them sit up and take notice … and appeal to the federal government for more money to throw at it, I am sure! Do you think it’s possible the reason they aren’t so worked up about a chasm between boys and girls is because their effort to “fix” it with Title IX programs succeeded in elevating a special class (girls) … and helped to create the very situation they are concerned about now? I am just speculating here, but it seems to me that a huge part of bureaucrats’ job security comes from solving problems of their own making. It’s a recursive process.

  • David

    If it’s the parents’ fault, well you can’t force it. Parents still rightfully have control of their kids. You can offer a program, but that’s all.

    I would be interested to know why he considers some gaps important if other gaps are not important. Why not ignore gaps altogether and just teach each student as much as possible, even if it means some end up ahead of others? Don’t handicap the best so the worse can stay closer to them.

  • David

    Design? The black boys and black girls are together in the same classroom. It’s good enough for the girls to do as well as they do.

  • David

    What are those necessary tools?

  • David

    Maybe he has no idea what to do. The black girls are learning, so the classroom seems ok. But the black boys aren’t.

    Puzzling.

  • shawn Mc

    of course you don’t read well, the problem is at that age you should be reading at a specific level.
    no excuses

  • shawn Mc

    no one cares because its black boys and the focus is usually on black girls

  • shawn Mc

    but black boys are taught to be cool and have swag instead of being studious , being smart for boys is frowned upon in many areas and could make you a target .
    usually when boys and girls go home in the hood , the girls do their home work and boys go outside and get into trouble

  • shawn Mc

    there is little to no responsible parents in many lower class black areas , boys have no fathers and have to learn how to be men on their own

  • shawn Mc

    into the hands of poverty pimps, politicians, unions and activist

  • shawn Mc

    been like that for decades ,since the union took over its almost impossible to get rid of a bad teacher. the schools would just push students along,

  • shawn Mc

    not when you go to a home blasting thug music and smelling of weed, how can you study through that

  • shawn Mc

    unfortunately many black parents aren’t as caring as you, you actually see your kid as a representation and continuation of you so its beneficial to help him.
    so many kids have guardians who could give a damn about their well being

  • shawn Mc

    black girls go home and do home work and black boys barely make it home without fighting if they have books on them, its a whole different dynamic

  • shawn Mc

    no one cares, its the same in chicago, detroit, st louis and many other places.
    no one cares about black boys unless they are in a interaction with police

  • Youshockedme

    I know and that’s why it’s so sad our black boys have so much potential

  • teeky2

    As a reading/literacy/language arts specialist K-12, I read just fine, thank you. As such, I understand the literacy standards. Not all kids follow the same timeline. Just as all kids should walk at a certain age, there are always outliers. While we’d all like to see all students of all races meeting all standards all the time, the reality is that this is just not realistic when some children enter school fully 2 or 3 years behind in oral language, vocabulary, and story experience —–the things upon which reading is based. Even if these kids have more than a year’s worth of growth in reading each year, most of them remain behind their peers for several years or longer, so while they can and do read, they do not read up to “standards”. Not all kids can be average or above, by definition. Different states use different tests, and some of those are problematic, using passages that readability formulae have shown to be actually up to a couple grade levels higher than the tested grade.

  • shawn Mc

    im not talking about you personally

  • 1angrywhite

    Horsefeathers! The responsibility and the failure represented in that statistic lies with the irresponsible parents who should be sent to jail. You are a fool to think that someone would stand for not acquiring their drivers license at Sixteen, because they were a late reader, or not being able to vote at eighteen-years-of-age, because one is a stupid-idiot. If you want to implement changes-those changes should be evident in all aspects of American life. As far as I am concerned: If you are on welfare you should lose the right to participate in all elections until you have some skin in the game.

  • Clan Boggs

    Common Core Creator Teacher admitted he helped write Common Core to dumb down white people. https://youtu.be/fZYWAohR6gU