ERIC Number: ED441061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The Real Facts of Life for Children of Color in Washington State.
Washington Univ., Seattle. Human Services Policy Center.
This report presents the conditions of children of color in the state of Washington, with statistics about economic support, health, and safety. Comments from leaders of color and other true stories help explain the situations reflected by the numerical data. It is important to note that most children of color in Washington live in solid families with more than one adult present and working, often at multiple low-paying jobs. However, differences in wages, benefits, and business opportunities produce great disparities of income and wealth between white people and children of color. Educational disparities are also apparent. Across grade levels, about 15% fewer students of color are meeting basic standards for mathematics, writing, and reading, than do white students. The problem is acute for African American, Hispanic American, and Native American children. Research shows that teachers often have lower expectations for students of color, and that curriculum and learning materials often do not reflect the diversity of students. Recognizing that educational gaps reflect what is happening in families and communities as well as in schools, leaders of color suggest that schools partner with community organizations to earn the trust of parents. There is also a need to recruit teachers of color to give students role models and to reduce the culture gap in schools. (Contains 67 graphs.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Financial Support, Health, Minority Groups, Racial Differences, Urban Youth
Human Services Policy Center, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Box 353060, Seattle, WA 98195 ($3.50). Tel: 206-685-7613. For full text: http://hspc.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Boeing Co., Seattle, WA.; Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Seattle. Div. of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Human Services Policy Center.
Identifiers - Location: Washington