From Frugivore — Are you fed up with the educational system in America? One doesn’t have to look far to find instances of dysfunction in one’s local school system. This is why more African-American families are taking the chance that they will do a better job at educating their children by implementing home schooling at their respective residents, this according to BBC story published over the weekend.

Parents concern over the violence in schools was highlighted as major deterrent for their child’s public school attendance, especially with statistics that show the lingering negative effects of bullying within minority-dominated school systems.

According to a study published on Huffington Post, black students saw a 0.3-point decrease in 12th grade GPA from a 3.5 GPA in 9th grade — before they were bullied. Interestingly, most of the parents polled in the BBC story felt they would integrate their children back into the public school system during their children’s secondary education years.

This story also suggested that the school system privileged African-American girls over boys, with classroom settings and curriculum that was more conducive to young girls. With the dropout rates in fifteen states at or above 50% for black males, there might be something to this suggestion.

As of now, The Obama Administration’s solution to the drop-out rate is for-profit public charter schools. Figuring that teachers and administrators will have more incentives to facilitate the sharing of knowledge with students in reduced stress environments have worked in some cities but have failed in most.

Building a first class facility in a undervalued neighborhood produces the same effects as the erection of glossy churches or state-of-the-art stadiums in the “hood” — it gives pride for the few invested in the entity but creates more acrimoniousness towards the residents, as walking out of these sanctuaries can create disdain for a neighborhood that looks like it’s not getting any healthier.

(Read more at Frugivore)

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