Impact of Race on Education

Contributor:  Jenan Bazzi

In America’s melting pot of cultures, there are a myriad of societal perspectives. What grounds and guides our thinking, however, is education. Access to education, as we know, has never been granted to everyone. Race, for centuries, has dictated the access and quality of education for people. For example, Malcolm X was a victim of an issue relating to education and race. He went to school, being the only African-American in his class. Malcolm X was like another Martin Luther King, he faced racism and by fighting for his race, he was imprisoned. Malcolm X was the best talking convict on the streets of Harlem. That’s not what he’s remembered for though, he’s remembered for teaching himself to read and changing his substandard lifestyle while sitting in a cell for “murder” for 10 whole years. He was only a 19 years of age when he was imprisoned for burglary and drug abuse. Malcolm found himself not being able to read when he really needed to and couldn’t write letters to anyone not in prison because of his lack of education. His lack of education can be blamed onto himself by dropping out of school and moving from Nebraska to Brooklyn, where he started the life of a gangster. When Malcolm was in prison, he decided to pick up a dictionary because he couldn’t write the letters he needed to write. Malcolm started from A-Z and ended up being one of the smartest people in the world with all the knowledge needed to be one of the best speakers of his generation. When he left prison, he started becoming the person he wanted to be. He wanted to change society’s perspective on African-Americans and black Muslims. “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today” – Malcolm X. Malcolm prospered in his educational skills and was still discriminated against.

In regards to Education, there are many schools and academic standards in Detroit that need renovation. According to the Detroit News Article, “For a fourth straight time, Detroit students have scored the lowest among big-city districts in math and reading.”

  • In math, 36 percent of DPS fourth-graders achieved at or above basic level, up from 35 percent in 2013, while 27 percent of eighth-graders tested at or above basic, up from 24 percent.
     
  •  In reading, 27 percent of Detroit fourth-graders tested at or above basic, down from 30 percent in 2013, while 44 percent of eighth-graders were at or above basic, down from 46 perfect.

 To see statistics of this sort says that something needs be done differently to help improve those test scores. This is what Social Construct is for, to be there and help out schools that need support with helping students get a better education, by giving each individual student that needs support with their education, one on one tutoring. With lots of support, we as a community can help students raise their test scores significantly. Whenever there is lack of good education in the community,this is the time when we need to “give back” to the community and help the students in need of support.

 References:

Worst in Math, Reading Scores among Big Cities." Detroit News. N.p., 28 Oct.  2015. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.

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