Closing the black-white achievement gap is the "greatest civil rights issue of our time," according to Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education. Watch this video to hear Paige discuss this problem and its solutions during a recent event at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where he was joined by Hugh B. Price, former President and CEO of the National Urban League, as well as James Forman, Jr., a Professor at Georgetown Law school.
Submitted by Dr Rod Paige on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 10:37
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX - African-American students score below 75 percent of white students on most standardized tests. It is no coincidence that young white adults are approximately twice as likely as their black peers to earn a college degree and nearly three times less likely to land in prison. In critical academic matters, why do black American children overwhelmingly lag behind white American children? What are the long-term economic, social, and racial ramifications for our country if we continue to overlook this deeply distressing reality?
In the centuries-long struggle for racial equality and social justice, African-Americans have faced barriers embedded in law, rooted in social and economic custom, and enforced by racial terror. And one by one, each primary barrier standing in the way of African-American advancement has been confronted and defeated by a resolute African-American leadership.
That is, until now.