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Friday, August 03, 2012

Obama’s Education Initiative Is a Game Changer for Black Males

This story about an Obama administration initiative comes from soros.org. Apparently Open Society Foundations is a George Soros involved entity. Of course, that's not to be dismissive of the intent here:
The White House's new Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, which addresses the alarming under-performance of African-American students, is a game changer for millions of black students. Black males, who continue to lag behind their peers, will be particularly helped by this Initiative.

The strategy for the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement has always been to ensure black students, particularly young black males, receive an education that fully equips them to excel academically, graduate from high school and college, and be career ready.

The White House initiative affirms our support of organizations and projects like The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, Eagle Academy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative, and others working to provide black male students with high quality education through equitable access to effective teachers and principals and positive school climates. It also validates our support of work to increase the capacity of higher education institutions that serve large numbers of African American students, including community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, predominantly black institutions, and others.

We hope the announcement will encourage others in philanthropy and in the public and private sectors to seize this opportunity to work together locally and nationally to improve the educational outcomes of African American and all students.
Excuse me for writing the intro before the quote. Depending on who reads this blog, George Soros is a controversial figure.

All the same, attention is definitely needed for Black male youths in this nation. It's very important that we set them up for success and certainly not gear them towards failure. By failure, I would certainly mean that we fail if they enter into a life of crime and violence. It ought to start in part with getting a good education, although it may need to go further than that!

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