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Does the BLACK COMMUNITY wait too late to promote college to its YOUTH?
Their peers talk them out of going
They are born with a low IQ
They are not recruited by colleges
They choose the military
I really do not care
Other reasons
Their parents do not support them going
Their teachers discourage them from goin
There career aspirations do not require
They are financially unprepared
They are not exposed to academic prep
They choose not to advance their educatn
They do not have the vision to do better
They do not want to leave their comfort
They have young kids to raise & suppt
As a parent of two, I was perusing a Parenting magazine and couldn't help but notice the numerous ads for preschool "prep" schools that boast of their impressive alumni. I was discussing with a friend how there were no children of color in any of these ads.

It made me ponder the question are some kids programmed to succeed earlier on in life than others? When is it too late to get caught up? Why are so many of our children of color (especially our boys) not going to college?

Why do some kids automatically go to college while others never even think about it as an option?
Posted By: Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
Tuesday, August 17th 2010 at 10:00AM
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I wonder what the "OTHER REASONS" would or could be???
Tuesday, August 17th 2010 at 12:00PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
All the choices in the poll to the left of this page are the reasons why. Every person is different, everyone has their own point of reference. I feel that the Black community does a fine job in promoting and encouraging young black children to continue their education. However, like most things in life, there is no limit to the improvements the community should be making. As statistics, facts, become more negative, they have a greater influence on the world's opinion of the Black community as a whole. It takes a village to raise a child because one person doesn't know everything and isn't perfect at everything; it takes everyone in the Black community to realize they have somewhat of an obligation to help out their fellow men and women, black first then on to others. In my opinion, our communities do not understand how vital they are to people my age. We as an entire people don't fully realize the implications of promoting continuous growth through a college education. Parents are getting younger, grandparents are raising their grandchildren, everyone is dying no matter what the age, so to me it's all about awareness. Making the entire Black community aware of it's effective power is one of the first steps in solving this issue. (wow that was long...great question! really got me thinking)
Thursday, August 19th 2010 at 3:32PM
Jasmine U ARE AWESOME! U are on to something REALLY REALLY BIG!

QUOTE:"...so to me it's all about awareness. Making the entire Black community aware of it's effective power is one of the first steps in solving this issue. :

BAM!
Thursday, August 19th 2010 at 10:49PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
Thanks. I just try to see the big picture.
Friday, August 20th 2010 at 9:52AM
Jasmine, what are your thoughts about this initiative?

http://www.hbcukids.com/WASSB.html
Friday, August 20th 2010 at 12:55PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
That's great! I like that a lot. That's a positive step towards making everyone aware of their effect.
Friday, August 20th 2010 at 1:36PM
Thanks Jasmine!
Friday, August 20th 2010 at 1:39PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
I don't like to make blanket statements about anything. Many children are unprpared for school... for many reasons. Perhaps the parent(s) did not value education and dropped out; has not reading skills and has no information about how to avail one's self of services offered by non profits and the state tho hep with obtaining a GED or enrolling in Head Start. Information is hard to come by for many in the isolated "inner city".
I watched television with my three children; pushed them in the directions in which they showed interest and made it clear that foregoing post high school education was not an option. Our kids have to know how to write their names, know their addresses and telephone numbers as well as their ABCs and be able to count at least to 20 to enter prekindergarten. They learned that school was not over at dismissal time.
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 3:07AM
Viola Dunn-Thigpen
Thanks Viola! Your points are EXCELLENT and I pray that other parents or concerned adults take notes of the tips!

Just want to clarify something. The point of asking people to respond to the poll and discussion is not to make blanket statements. The point is to apply focus and brain power in solving an obvious HUGE problem in the African Americna community that spins off to create even LARGER problems down the road.

This discussion seeks attention on SOLVING some of the root causes in our every day interactions with parents, children and educators.
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 9:43AM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
Sisters, I totally agree with all of you. One thing about the black community, our ancestors have had experiences in their lives that should give us the fortitude to make our children and grandchildren's lives TWICE as better than the one they had. The black community should teach and encourage people on the importance of a good education (or trade) and how proper knowledge and understanding will ensure our success as a people.
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 10:32AM
Siebra Muhammad
QUOTE:"...The black community should teach and encourage people on the importance of a good education (or trade) and how proper knowledge and understanding will ensure our success as a people. "

AMEN! I keep hearing stories from my elders of how integrated schools "taught" their children that "Most of U are NOT COLLEGE MATERIAL!". They had to fight for many of their children to get into the correct preparatory programs. The residual effect seems at face value that a pipeline has been created of "ANTI-COLLEGE" mentality. Yet, from my experience, many of the COMPLEXITIES of today's socieiy require a skill set much greater than is experienced in high school.

I suggest that when U examine the fact that only 2% of the U.S. population is Black and college educated or above...THERE is a GREAT NEED FOR MORE vs. LESS focus and emphasis in going beyond high school in our community.

Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 10:39AM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
THAT'S TRUE!!!
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 11:28AM
Siebra Muhammad
I appreciate Siebra's mention of "a good education OR trade". In the cases where the black community does not fulfill it's role in promoting continual educational growth, WE still have the obligation to encourage young African Americans to be the best at whatever they do. I feel like like sometimes the community overlooks that part because we're so focused on "your ancestors died for you to have the opportunities you have" that we don't realize how we push away the youth who are not meant to be in colleges and universities. Members of the community often overlook a younger child who seems less than his peers and therefore miss their chance to encourage him to become the next president of America.
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 1:14PM
I believe the best solution is to realize education has to start in the home, and parents MUST make education a focus of raising a child. Children are very impressionable, and if you impress upon them the importance of education, and let them see how YOU value it and make it fun when you can, they will develop habits that will help them learn and achieve.

Our parents made sure we knew basic things, e.g. how to write our names, counting to ten, the alphabet, our address and phone number, before we went into kindergarten. They made it fun and we looked forward to school.


Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 1:28PM
Exactly, that is very true!
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 1:49PM
NO WAY... Im already introducing my son to higher learning... on his days out of school ... I take him with me to my different classes at my university attend. Just last semester in Anatomy, I had an assignment and he wanted to help me... I encouraged him to draw ((I had to draw and label the parts of the bone)) and I took his drawings to my Anatomy Professor and asked him to check my son's drawing... The look on my child's face when I gave him his papers checked by a college professor was unspeakable... My professor understood the importance of nurturing a child's enthuasiam... And I thought that was awesome...
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 3:20PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
@ Clark: SO TRUE! I find so many kids still don't know how to write their names in kindergarten which of course puts them waaay behind their peers who are beginning to read words.

@ Cynthia: AWESOME! it will likely payoff big time! My mom took me to her classes when I was a toddler and I embraced that "campus" experience. I was pregnant with my oldest in classes and today she is a STRAIGHT A student and LOVES TO READ, ASK QUESTIONS AND WRITE HER OWN BOOKS!

@ ALL: We have to make it KEWL to be SMART at a YOUNG AGE. College is often a way to open the door of having MORE LIFE CHOICES. I have a cousin who has a cosmetology license and a MASTERS in COMPUTER SCIENCE. She is versatile to make a living AT ANY TIME of the day...IMHO. We should be able to WALK AND CHEW GUM at the same time...can't we?????
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 6:41PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
It is important to ask the young people what they learned in school every day. Inevitably the answer is, "nothing". Press them and they will tell you. I learned that they did not have geography and didn't know the seven continents. I taught them that information. They had a word a week on the refidgerator that they had to look up in a dictionary. We went to art museums; free jazz concerts in the park and black cultural events. There is always something that
widen our childrens' horizons. Slang and double negatives was fine for them to use with their friends but it was understood that they did not use it in the home. Blacks have always been bilingual until now.
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 9:12PM
Viola Dunn-Thigpen
So true Viola!

There was a 2 year old shown below who truly INSPIRED my own children to learn their continents-lol!

http://www.hbcukids.com/CPP8B.html
Wednesday, August 25th 2010 at 10:40PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
This is powerful! Everyone is making excellent points, that site is amazing!
Thursday, August 26th 2010 at 1:06PM
Thanks Jasmine!

WE CAN DO THIS!
Thursday, August 26th 2010 at 1:32PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
Wish I could be really positive with my comment. From my standpoint, our community is waaaay to relaxed about promoting education in general. We've by and large accepted this silly notion that its fine to forego academic excellence and instead focus energy on LUCK and "hustling."
Saturday, October 16th 2010 at 11:33PM
QUOTE:"... From my standpoint, our community is waaaay to relaxed about promoting education in general. We've by and large accepted this silly notion that its fine to forego academic excellence and instead focus energy on LUCK and "hustling."

@Michael: I don't think many here would dispute that we KNOW people who fit the description BUT I DO believe that it can change when WE WORK TOGETHER.

"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion" Ethiopian Proverb

Sunday, October 17th 2010 at 10:45AM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
Agreed Joan. I simply long to see more of that working together. :)
Sunday, October 17th 2010 at 1:20PM
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Sunday, October 17th 2010 at 2:52PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
Yes, education is the key to our future. I feel we must instill in our youth that the only way for the black community to advance is education. It breaks my heart that my friends aren't making something out of their lifes. Luckily i had an African american Counselor who directed me in the path i should go. In my high school the American students where taken as a joke so they often looked over us when it came to college discussions and opportunities.
Friday, December 24th 2010 at 9:40PM
@Wesley Hagler: I think U are on to something REALLY REALLY BIG! I think it is BY DESIGN.
Sunday, December 26th 2010 at 12:44PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
In order for black students to want to pursue a higher education, the solution I believe starts in the home. If there is strong encouragement throughout the student's life in the home, it reinforces the message that should be given in the schools. Granted some schools tend not to encourage black students to pursue higher educations. Secondly, most of the exposure to college education is seen in the athletic arena. I am not proposing that this is a negative arena, just that students who excel in athletics do not receive the reinforcement of the importance of having an education to go along with being drafted. I can point to several stars who did graduate from college with a degree and went on not only to play sports but made very lucrative investments to set themselves up for retirement or should an injury shorten their athletic careers. It starts at home
Wednesday, January 5th 2011 at 1:46PM
QUOTE:"...the solution I believe starts in the home..."

@Mezzle Edmondson-Ochoa: I totally agree. I think U too are on to something REALLY REALLY BIG. Some are fortunate to be influenced by caring outsiders to think bigger than what is being taught in the home. I once heard a father say about having encyclopedia in his home for his young son, "..Why the @#$)*@( would I want to have some @#()$*@) that I aint never read before? Hell NO! He aint gettin' @#)*$@)..."
Wednesday, January 5th 2011 at 4:33PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
Fact.
Thursday, January 6th 2011 at 2:14PM
I am a staunch supporter of higher education, if we model for our children, expose our them to the values of hard work and the love of knowledge, surely they may gain. However, everyone is not meant to go to College. completion of primary education, earning a HS. Diploma is a must. But if my child shows skill in a trade then what can I say? someone has to do the labor... right?
Wednesday, February 8th 2012 at 6:26PM
Cyn Bivens
@Cyn Bivens-I am a staunch believer that WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT GIFTS. When only 2% of the people in the USA are BLACK WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE OR ABOVE, I think there is plenty of room and opportunity for EVERYONE to find his or her DREAM career choice.

If your child is a tradesman...may he or she be the BEST TRADESMAN in the world. If he or she is DESTINED to prepare for a career of which there is NOT A NAME YET...may he or she be the BEST PREPARED OPPORTUNITY SEEKER in the world.

The world is changing rapidly. More preparation should be better than less preparation...IMHO.

http://youtu.be/e9JJ_Luhvr4


Wednesday, February 8th 2012 at 10:12PM
Joan E. Gosier HBCUkidz.com
I definitely agree that our youth aren't being educated enough to be able to utilize the available resources for achieving an education and ultimately improving their life. My business is Care Life and People: I created it on the basis of lack of informational resources for the upcoming generation- we fundraise for and implement community services that will regeneratively maximize student capabilities, influence, orientation and achievement! Everyone should definitely check out CareLifeandPeople.com or about.me/charlese.porter to see some of my solutions and actions currently being taken on this issue.
Friday, October 5th 2012 at 8:51AM
Charlese Porter
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