Mar. 3, 2018
Thought Provoking Direct Action Needed
We Are Failing Many Of Our Black Children
Literacy's Impact On Educational Success
We have many black children who are reading below basic in Grade One in many of our urban as well as rural elementary schools in 2017. This pertinent fact about how these deficient readers actually improve should alarm every literate black person in this nation. We cannot hopefully build a futuristic Wakanda if we continue allowing our youngest citizens of this new nation to fail at this essential skill.
Did you know that 88% of those students who are performing below basic in reading after Grade One will still be experiencing reading deficiencies by the time they enter Grade Four? The issue of illiteracy amongst the black communities is indeed a real dilemma. You see until we can eliminate the many problematic failing readers in our black communities. We will continue to feed the community hopeless solutions for overall community improvement.
Every literate black person must take the mantle to erase illiteracy in each and every community across this nation. Young, or old, male or female every one of us deserves the right to be able to read. If we don't take it upon ourselves to ensure that the issue of black illiteracy is erased in our communities across this country, who will?
When close to 60% of the high school students in the District of Columbia's graduating class of 2018 are not on track to graduate in May 2018. That is one of the negative by-products of children never being the level of a proficient reader. When 75% of black males enrolled in California's public school systems cannot pass The State Of California Reading Exam that is a direct negative by-product of the issue of illiteracy in our black community. So many causations of our community ills can be traced directly to some aspect related to the lack of an ability to read. Let's eliminate the problem by working collectively to address and identify real-time solutions.
The Blackman Read Aloud Hour