What are some of the obstacles preventing minority students from achieving academic excellence?
|The lack of equal access to quality educational opportunities.
|Part of it is the disconnect between teacher and student. When a kid comes into a classroom, a lot of their actions are misinterpreted, so they get misdiagnosed and thus pigeonholed. The result is that many students are tuned out by the third grade, and then it’s down the slippery slope.||Henry Luvert
|There’s an inability to give the kids the means to visualize their future and the ability to attain it.||Scott Lipton
Central Office Administrator
|Teachers are not willing to enthusiastically teach our children basic math, reading [and] writing with joy and love and then challenge them to excellence.||Katherine Boles
Senior Lecturer, Harvard University
|We’re failing to provide children, particularly poor and minority children, with anything that remotely resembles a quality teaching force.||Jason Snipes
Urban Education Researcher
|I think the school system nationally fails kids when we deny the issues of race, class and culture and [their] import on student achievement — “we” meaning the federal government, who historically designed schools not to serve our kids.||Arbrella Luvert
District Administrator of Schools