Thursday 1 December 2022
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What Black Parents Must Do This Summer

Op/Ed By Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu


( – There is a three year gap between Black and White students. Many people love to believe it’s due to income, fatherlessness, educational attainment of the parent and lack of parental involvement. I believe a major reason for the gap is we continue to close schools for the summer as if we are an agrarian economy.

Very few Black youth will be farming this summer. If you multiply three months by 12 years you will see the three year gap. There is nothing wrong with Black youth if their schools remained open during the summer and/or their parents kept them academically engaged. Middle-income parents who value education enroll their children in some type of academic experience during the summer. They also visit libraries, museums, zoos and colleges.

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