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The First Lady has just joined President Barack Obama‘s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020.
Recently, Michelle Obama spoke to students at Bell Multicultural High School not far from the White House. The event is part of what will be a broader focus for the First Lady on getting students — particularly those in underserved communities — to attend college.
“No matter what the president does, no matter what your teachers and principals do, or whatever is going on in your home or neighborhood, the person with the biggest impact on your education is you,” FLOTUS said.
Mrs. Obama, who went to one of the best high schools in Chicago, told the story of how she had to wake up at 6 a.m. and travel at least an hour on the bus. The First Lady grew up in a working class family and went on to Princeton University and Harvard Law School, reports The Grio.
“Some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I was never going to get into a school like Princeton,” Obama said to the 10th graders. “It was clear to me that nobody was going to take my hand and lead me to where I needed to go; instead it was going to be up to me to reach my goals.”
She is working with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who is overseeing the effort. Right now the U.S. ranks 12th globally in the proportion of people who hold college degrees.
Mrs. Obama encouraged the students to be inspired by Menbere Assefa, 22-year-old Bell Multicultural alumna who graduated on scholarship from James Madison University in May. Her family, who emigrated from Ethiopia when she was eight years old, stressed the importance of education.
“There’s scholarships out there, there are funds out there for people to get and make sure that they attend higher education,” said Assefa, who works as a management assistant in policy and compliance administration for the District of Columbia government.
Are you a proud former Howard University Bison, NC A&T Aggie, Temple Owl or UCLA Bruin? Do you bleed that blue and white, red and black or blue and orange for life? Joining your college or university’s alumni association is one of the best ways to show your pride after matriculating. Those four years of hard work, hard partying and great memories were worth it. Now that you’ve gotten the diploma, give back to your university by being active in your alumni association. Here are some benefits to becoming a member.
According to a policy report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation your income could affect your child’s learning ability, with only 19 percent of low-income third graders found to have “age-appropriate cognitive skills.” This is a drastic drop from children in higher-income families, with 50 percent of those third graders hitting the appropriate age milestones.
“Seventeen million children under age 9 are considered low-income; a population the report says is at strongest risk for long-term developmental setbacks,” reports CNBC.
The stats are even worse for children of color. The study found that only 14 percent of black and 19 percent of Hispanic children have age-appropriate cognitive skills. In addition to tracking school assessments, the study also revealed that many children are also facing developmental issues in areas of social and emotional growth along with physical health and well-being.
The report, titled “The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success,” illustrates that early development and investing in children starting from birth through age eight is critical for success. Not addressing these issues at an early age could diminish their successes in school and in life.
“All children need nurturing and plentiful opportunities to develop during their crucial first eight years,” said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Foundation, in a press release. “Today’s complicated world can strain families’ ability to ensure their children are receiving all the stimulation and care they need to develop to their full potential.”
According to the report, lower-income families often have a variety of stressors and financial burdens that can directly affect adequate care for children.
The report examines a number of policy recommendations as well as suggestions focusing on parents. Among the recommendations for parents is increased home-visiting and parental training programs for children at risk, health services for parents, as well as income support programs such as tax credits, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), reports CNBC.
The report also suggested that states adopt Early Learning and Development Standards, do regular developmental screenings for children, have more experienced teachers and state-provided voluntary, provide full-day quality pre-kindergarten programs for all children, especially for low-income toddlers and children.
The study uses an analysis of data from children who were in kindergarten in 1998-99 by the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, which is a government program that tracks children over a period of time.
In light of all the trouble the Philadelphia School System has faced in recent months, Kevin Hart has decided to help the children of the city who are undoubtedly suffering.
The comedian took $250,000 of his money to purchase 500 laptops for the the school system as well as the parks and recreation department. Two hundred computers were distributed to 27 recreation centers and the remaining three hundred were given to eight elementary school, according to Philly.com.
But Kevin Hart also showed up to four of the schools that received laptops and came with a message: learning is the key. As he told students at Hartranft John F School: “You now have the ability to take these computers and do what nobody else can do, which is learn right now. I want you guys to take advantage of this, man. This is something I’m very, very serious about.”
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said he and Hart first began talking about the city during Jay Z’s “Made In America” Festival in July. In late September, Kevin Hart contacted Mayor Nutted saying he wanted to donate computers and come speak to the kids.
Back in March, it was announced that 23 schools in Philadelphia would be closing at the end of the 2012-2013 school year and many others school had delayed 2013-2014 opens, all due to budget cuts.
Kevin Hart took to Twitter saying the reason he made an announcement on Instagram video about what he was doing was to hopefully get more people in his position to follow his lead.
No matter the reason, his donation means so much to so many and I’m sure those laptops are appreciated.
Have you been considering taking courses to earn an online degree? Having the right type of credentials behind your name can make you really stand out when it comes to your resume and landing a job. Especially in this day and age, we all need to do a little more to make sure we remain relevant and beat out the competition.
The question now becomes whether a virtual degree carries the same weight as traditional schooling? Before you jump to an answer, check out the pros and cons of an online education.
Looking at the state of American schools, you wouldn’t think it has been six decades since Brown vs. Broad of Education, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that desegregated schools. “African-American and Latino students are less likely to attend racially and ethnically diverse schools today than at any other time in the last four decades,” reports Al Jazeera America.
The data is disheartening. A September 2012 study by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles found that more than 74 percent of African-American students and 80 percent of Latinos attended schools in 2009-10 where at least half the population consisted of only one minority.
Instead of becoming more integrated, American schools are actually resegregating, in part due to a string of court cases since 1991 that have reversed court enforcement and monitoring of efforts to desegregate schools, according education and legal experts.
Students are missing out again on diversity. In fact, in Texas and other states experiencing resegregation of their schools, students now often grow up interacting only with other students who look like them, notes Al Jazeera America.
Despite the browning of America fast becoming a reality, schools will no longer reflect society as a whole.
According to the findings from the Civil Rights Project, in 1970, nearly 80 percent of all students enrolled in U.S. schools were white. By 2009, this had dropped to roughly 50 percent. But during the same period, Latino enrollment increased from about five percent to nearly one-quarter, surpassing African Americans. Latinos are now the largest minority group enrolled in America’s schools.
The study found that 43 percent of Latinos and 38 percent of African Americans attend what it identified as “intensely segregated” schools, where minorities make up 90 to 100 percent of the student body. “In some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, minorities attend what the study calls ‘apartheid’ schools, where students of color make up 99 to 100 percent of the population,” reports the news site.
This is a problem that is expanding countrywide. In New York, a third of African-American students attend “apartheid” schools meanwhile in Chicago the number is 50 percent, and 30 percent of Los Angeles’ Latinos attend segregated schools.
Some experts say charter schools may be making things worse because they concentrate wealth and experienced teachers in certain neighborhoods, which increasingly divides schools along socioeconomic lines.
While North Carolina, for example, has one of the most racially diverse public school systems in the country its charter schools are racially imbalanced. More than 60 percent of charter school students attend a school that is considered racially imbalanced, compared with 30 percent of public school students.
According to new research published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, education is the main factor in the fight against obesity. Just because you have money doesn’t mean you will take steps to keep your weight in check. However, if you are educated you will be more likely to eat healthier and exercise. “Researchers have been studying the relationship between body mass index and socioeconomic status for years, agreeing, for the most part, that women in areas with fewer economic resources have higher BMIs than women in more affluent communities,” reports The Huffington Post.
Researchers from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia gathered data from more than 4,000 women, ages 18 to 45, living in low-income neighborhoods and examined the role of education and income on BMI.
They looked specifically at subjects who are at what they call an “amplified disadvantage,” meaning they have a disadvantage in both education and income. “It has often been suggested that obesity happens because low-income people cannot afford high-quality food. Yet this study’s results suggest an alternative narrative: that it is education, and not income, that constrains people’s ability to eat healthfully,” said Frederick J. Zimmerman, Ph.D., the Fred W. and Pamela K. Wasserman Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
On the other hand, a person’s education level was associated with greater access to health information and the capacity to understand and use health information, the study found.
Zimmerman also added that “because only low-income women were studied, it isn’t clear to what extent the results would apply to higher-income women, to men or to non-Australians.”
A 2010 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked not only at income and education but also at race. The CDC data shows there is no significant correlation between obesity and education among men. Women were a different story. The CDC report was more in line with the new research finding that women with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women.
“Overall, 29.0% of women who live in households with income at or above 350% of the poverty level are obese and 42.0% of those with income below 130% of the poverty level are obese,” found the CDC. Among women 23.4 percent of those with a college degree are obese and 42.1 percent of women with less than a high school education are obese. Non-Hispanic white and Mexican-American women with college degrees are significantly less likely to be obese compared with those with less than a high school education.
“In fact, among non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Mexican-American women, the prevalence of obesity among those with a college degree is significantly lower than among women with some college,” found the CDC.
According to a new study, the field of African American studies in U.S. higher education “is alive and well, and, in fact, growing and maturing,” despite some reports that interest had waned. The study published online this week by the department of African American studies at the University of Illinois surveyed 1,777 U.S. colleges and universities and found that 76 percent of those institutions had some form of black studies, reports Medicaxpress.com.
In fact, 20 percent, or 361 institutions, had formal academic units, most classified as departments or programs. And another 56 percent, or 999 institutions, had a course or courses dedicated to the black experience. This positive assessment conflicts with many studies in recent years – and news reports based on those studies – which have suggested that black studies programs are disappearing, Ronald Bailey, the head of the department of African American studies at Illinois, told Mediaxpress. But, he said, many of those studies were based on a small, selective sampling.
Abdul Alkalimat, a professor in the department of African American studies in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the Univ of Illinois and lead author of the report, titled “African American Studies 2013: A National Web-Based Survey,” said the trend “grows out of a long-term interest in producing scholarship focused on understanding how black studies is actually being practiced across the U.S.”
Among other findings, the study found that more than a third (35 percent) of all formal African American studies units are classified as departments, which are considered more permanent in the institution and its budget. And institutions in the South were the most likely, at 87 percent, to have black studies in some form or another, though only 16 percent had units. Institutions in the West, by contrast, were the least likely to have black studies in some form, at 56 percent, even though 23 percent had units.
Interestingly, researchers also found that 46 percent of black studies unit heads were women, showing that these units “have been as successful as any in higher education in recognizing and promoting gender equity in their leadership,” Bailey explained.
According to Bailey, black studies remains important not just for black students but for all students. “Many people assume that black studies was simply a political response to the turmoil of the 1960s,” Bailey said. “What is not fully appreciated is that black studies also spurred and inspired many significant transformations in higher education. For instance, it produced one of the first big discussions of interdisciplinary scholarship, and of what is now known as service learning. It is a discipline and field connected by countless threads to communities and to other disciplines and arenas of scholarship in higher education, both in the U.S. and around the world.”
When it comes to gun violence in Chicago, there’s been a lot of finger pointing and little analysis done to determine the root causes of such behavior and solutions to stop it going forward. Moguldom Films is currently working on a documentary to do just that, and in the midst of filming they came across reporter Natalie Moore. The native Chicagoan is all too familiar with the issues plaguing young people in her city and in the clip below she addresses just a few of those that have seemingly been overlooked.
Check out her comments and tell us what you think about the issues she brought up. Are they legitimate points or excuses in the war on gun violence?
From Single Black Male
Right now the current state of marriage in Black America is not all that bad. It’s not great, but it’s not time to start reading last rites. I’ve told people that I rarely share my opinions on marriage because it’s a real depressing outlook that bothers a lot of people. When I tell people that I’ve been in six weddings, know the next two I’ll be in, and have consistently attended 4-6 weddings a year for the last five years. Their reaction to that information is interesting.
Black men typically respond by saying that they are going through the same thing or remember the part of their life when that was happening to them.
Black women typically respond by saying that they’ve maybe been in a wedding, attended a couple, but want to know why I know all these people getting married.
Where’s that gap coming from?
By and far when I explain this to people I want them to know that this is an accurate depiction of our race’s dating, relationship or marriage status. I like to, early on in the discussion, enter in all the empirical evidence that should be noted here. Here are a few notes:
- Contrary to belief, more education will give you a better chance at marriage than someone who is less educated. This is for Black women and men. Any excuse that your degrees have placed you out of the dating pool is false.
- Contrary to belief, more money will give you a better chance at getting married and staying married. Any excuse that the money you have is placing you out of the dating pool is false.
- Although marriage rates are lowest in the Black community, they are still only marginally behind the national average… in general. As it pertains to Black women, they’re at the back; the very back of the statistic. It’s not important to quote the exact statistic because before we get into a statistical analysis, let’s just have a conversation for a moment. (If you want statistical information, you can actually go to WIM’s post, here.)
Read more at SingleBlackMale.org