ERIC Number: ED243983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Fighting Myths, Facing Problems, and Framing a New Reality.
Boyd, William M., II
A Better Chance, Inc. (ABC) believes that nonwhite children can and will learn if given the opportunity. Over the past 16 years, ABC students--children of sharecroppers and lawyers, garbage collectors and doctors, from large cities and tiny hamlets--have, with ABC's help, succeeded at the nation's finest secondary schools and colleges. They now work in jobs traditionally beyond the reach of most poor and minority students--as corporate managers, investment analysts, surgeons, stockbrokers, and other professional occupations. Part of the problem that minority children face in public schools is declining expectations, whereas what they need is reinforcement in their beliefs that they can achieve in school and that achieving will make a difference in their lives. Problems that do exist should not be used to excuse low achievement. Indeed, schools have taken diverse initiatives to bolster achievement, such as honors high schools, internships, and collaboration with local private schools and colleges. If students are to remain motivated, they must have balanced information about admission to desirable programs and colleges and, particularly, information about the place of test scores in college admission. Motivation can also be improved if information about achievers and about opportunities is made available to public school students, who may then see for themselves that America can be a land of opportunity for them, too. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: A Better Chance Inc
Note: For complete Conference Proceedings, see UD 023 356.