Our Children: Will They Really Have it Any Better?
I want to be one of those mama’s who visits their grown children’s home, looks around their house and thinks ‘They doing real good for themselves.’ We want our children to progress past our accomplishments. My husband and I discuss this quite often. It is not lost on us that we have opportunities that our parents did not. We are thankful for the opportunities that our children have that we did not. But, we are haunted by the thought of how much better will they really have it? How much will they really be able to progress? Progressing to have your own home and a car is a result of not only intelligence but access to finances. With no ties to fortunes or a trust fund our family is well aware that education is the primary means for our children to progress. My children have not experienced schooling like my husband and I, nor like their grandparents. Yet, the tools they will need to dig their way to educational achievement are at best still dull. Paying $10-20,000 a year for private school (times 3) is out of our budget. Access to accelerated classes, which prepare students to succeed in college, are still not available in the same way there are in schools with a majority White population. The 2014 Education Trust report, The State of Education for African American Students found: Thankfully, there is hope. The Education Trust report also revealed that there has been progress in the education of African American students.
Over the past two decades (1992-2013)
- The percentage of African American eighth-graders who lacked even basic math skills on NAEP has fallen from 81 percent to less than half.
- In fourth-grade reading, the percentage of African American students without even basic skills — those who have trouble locating information in a passage, identifying the main idea of a text, or interpreting what a word means — has fallen from 69 percent to 50 percent.
- the percentage of African American students performing at a proficient or advanced level more than doubled in fourth-grade reading and has increased sevenfold in eighth grade math