Monday, January 11, 2010

Who will graduate from high school?

Let's assume that each of the following statements is true. I have not verified them but assume they are accurate. Of course, these are national figures. Whatever the figures are, they are unacceptable.
  • 70% of newly born African Americans are born into a single parent structure.
  • 50% of newly born Hispanic Americans are born into a single parent structure.
  • App 30% of newly born Caucasian Americans are born into a single parent structure.
  • Family Structure (Source: Wall St. Journal)

Some say such inconvenient truths don't matter, but they do and always will. There are others equally negative.

Now tell me, who will graduate from high school? Or college? Of course, there are exceptions -- many of them.

Still, teachers can teach until they are all blue in the face, but this alone will not overcome the wholesale disintegration of the family structure and the absence of stable family life.

The dropout rate and all educational outcomes are greatly impacted by such realities.

Sure, blame the schools - blame the teachers.

Label schools as failures based on narrowly focused tests and dropout rates that are caused by a lack of parental responsibility.

Even when students do manage to pass tests - still label the schools as failures anyhow because of a dropout rate caused by far broader social problems that schools cannot solve alone.

This is wrongheaded reality.

What such reality accomplishes is the destruction of public education and the creation of data driven educational myths.