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Well, the article that addressed this issue was in the paper this morning.

Here is a link to the article:  

http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=86703&ran=230842

And here's a link to the previous diary:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/5/12/1993/05166

For convenience sake, here are some statistics from the article:

Chesapeke, Virginia:
Total black seniors in division: 930
Black females with GPA 3.0 or more: 118
Black males with at least 3.0 GPA: 59

Norfolk, Virginia:
Total black seniors in division: 797
Black females with GPA 3.0 or more: 36
Black males with at least 3.0 GPA: 16

Portsmouth, Virginia:
Total black seniors in division: 523
Black females with GPA 3.0 or more: 71
Black males with at least 3.0 GPA: 35

Suffolk, Virginia:
Total black seniors in division: 344
Black females with GPA 3.0 or more: 28
Black males with at least 3.0 GPA: 5

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Total black seniors in division: 1201
Black females with GPA 3.0 or more: 114
Black males with at least 3.0 GPA: 47

30 percent of seniors in Hampton Roads will graduate with a B average or higher (3000 of 10000).

Fewer than ten percent of area's black males will graduate with a B average or higher. As I said previously, this is sad state of affairs, and I am almost positive that it is echoed throughout the nation. As a matter of fact, the article stated that "less than 50 percent of black students will graduate in the South." This is a failure of leadership, a failure of attention, it is a failure on all fronts, from state governments, to the federal government, to the black community. Unfortunately, I'm lost on ideas on how to solve it, or at least begin to solve it.

Originally posted to RhombusMan on Fri May 20, 2005 at 01:15 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  We love you RhombusMan, but (none)
         you may want to emphasize that this is from a pro-black, not anti-black, perspective... :D

         May the Kos be with you!

  •  Maybe we should get Armstrong Williams on the case (none)
    I'm sorry, I don't meant to be snarky - but what you see is an lamost total failure of leadership.

    (And that goes for whites as well as blacks).

    Do you think that Bill Cosby is on to something ? - because I do.

  •  Just wondering... (none)
    If you have the total numbers of all seniors in those areas. I don't doubt your statistics.
  •  Great post.. (none)
    Thanks.  Recommended.  What this shows to me once again is that we urgently need more women leaders to balance our current testerone-fuelled leadership female intelligence/comprehension of the larger global issues at hand.  

    I truly believe that Minority women leaders, who have experienced a major challenges - and overcome them, would make WISE leaders, adding compassion and tolerance to our current "gang" of right-wing "black-and-white" interpreters of a world full of color.

    "It does not take many words to tell the truth." Chief Joseph

    by Gabriele Droz on Fri May 20, 2005 at 01:35:41 PM PDT

    •  REPOST - Sorry, hit POST instead of EDIT button! (none)
      Thanks.  Recommended.  What this shows to me once again is that we urgently need leadership from women that have experienced and overcome serious life challenges.  I can only guess how much their broad life view would contribute to counteracting the right-wing "black-and-white", "yes-or-no", "for-or-against", mentality that does not acknowledge that the world exists consists of unknown numbers of colors.

      "It does not take many words to tell the truth." Chief Joseph

      by Gabriele Droz on Fri May 20, 2005 at 01:50:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Relatedly (none)
    There was a report last month done by the SF Chronicle that found only 48% of Oakland high schoolers gradute. I was shocked. More than half drop out! That is truly abysmal, and I can't see how it's happening.
  •  Excellent post (none)
    Be alert that you are given the total number of black seniors, the number of black men and women who did well academically, and the overall percent that did well academically.

    That is, if there were (model calculation) 1000 blacks, and they did as well as whites, 300 of them would have a 3.0 average.  That is approximately 150 women and approximately 150 men.  If the count shows that 75 women had the expected GPA, that is half as good as expected (75/150) not a quarter as good as expected (75/300).  The outcome is deplorable, but be careful that you do not see it as two-fold worse than it is.

    On the other hand, the male/female ratio ought to be around 1/1, not around 1/2, and that appears to send a further message.

    However, in the end learning is something that happens inside the student.

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