ERIC Number: ED259062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun-22
Education and the Black Family. A Framework for Quality Education: Setting Goals and Objectives, Developing a Philosophy of Education and Strengthening Community and Parental Involvement.
Gill, Wanda E.
The education of the black child must be perceived as a partnership between parents, school teachers, administrators, and the community. That partnership needs to be cemented with understanding, open communication, and trust. Black children's test scores are the lowest of any group in the country and the gap between the educational performances of black and white children increases as they progress through school. This reflects the erosion of the partnership as children go through school, and parents, teaches and administrators send messages of independence to the child that are sometimes seen as growing lack of interest. The overall goal of any educational system is to produce functionally literate adults: to this end, experiential learning in cultural centers and a suitable study environment are important. The child should be taught the following aspects of citizenship: ethics; the functions of Federal, State, and local government; the American political system; and the responsibility of voting. The community also needs to address the effects of middle class values on homes that do not depict such values. At the same time, against a backdrop of declining higher education aid for blacks, there is a special need to prepare black children for college, and the trend toward teacher testing as the measure of teaching ability, which threatens the black classroom teacher, must be turned back in favor of a system in which the test is only one of many criteria. Finally, the black family and the black community bear the major responsibility for the quality and monitoring of the black child's educational experience. The official convention program giving the day's schedule and a note on background and purpose and listing the conventions officers and sponsoring organizations, is attached. (RDN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Prince George's County Annual Convention of Black People (2nd, Bowie, MD, June 22, 1985).