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ERIC Number: ED511864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
How to Help Your Child Prepare for College and Career. A Guide for African-American Parents
Education Trust
Given lingering racism in this country, one would not be surprised to learn this: African-American students are much less likely than white students to have the most qualified teachers--the ones with the most experience and greatest expertise in the subject matter. Many African-American students go to schools that do not even offer some of the high-level courses necessary for admission to the best colleges. This is a terrible injustice. The tragic consequence is that African-American graduates are nearly half as likely to finish high school with a rigorous academic diploma as white students. The best schools encourage all students to aspire to the most challenging courses. Then they provide plenty of academic support for those struggling with assignments, and they don't lower standards. This support includes concentrated help on specific skill sets during the school day and extended-day options. This paper offers tips for parents on how they can help their children prepare for college and career.
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Trust