Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Black, Hispanic pupils see school as tough

Perhaps its my rearing in the public school system that doesn't allow me to be the least bit surprised by a recent study released by the Public Agenda, a nonpartisan opinion research group that tracks education trends. While my view on the matter might be construed as obtuse, I have difficulty viewing this issue as much more than an extension of those issues Black and Hispanic children face in their common domestic, urban landscapes, and its application to their respective academic environments.

"Black and Hispanic students see school as a more rowdy, disrespectful and dangerous place than their white classmates do, a poll says."

Did a study really needed to be conducted to confirm this? I was under the impression it was common knowledge.

Wouldn't a similar and significant difference be found in a study of the neighborhoods where these Black and Hispanic students live in comparison to their white counterparts?

"The findings suggest that many minority kids are struggling in the equivalent of a hostile work environment... Minority children in public middle and high schools are more likely than white children to describe profanity, truancy, fighting, weapons and drug abuse as "very serious" problems."

It seems to only be natural that those same issues that plague urban landscapes find their way into local classrooms.

While it's certainly not acceptable, the vaguest level of familiarity with urban landscapes shouldn't make the results of this study the least bit surprising. Hopefully these statistics act as a catalyst for change within public schools, as tangible change within the urban environments that is partly responsible for this learning environment is far more difficult to enact.

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