As an African American educator it would be irresponsible of me to not educate about students who look like me. Here are just a few sobering statistics on Black boys I learned while attending an advocacy training conference:
1/4 Black boys graduates high school…. 1 in 4
75% of Black kids are raised by single mothers
Failure to medicate (medical neglect) was the top reason for Black boys to be removed from their homes in 2015…. Failure to MEDICATE
Black boys are 4 times as likely as whites to be labeled intellectually disabled (new term for what was formerly known as mental retardation)
I could go on and on. There’s failure to learn to read, suspension and expulsion rates, the school to prison pipeline, on campus policing, etc…. which each warrant their own blog entries at a later date. Today the message is short and sweet. Black parents it’s time you arm yourself with knowledge because you are your child’s #1 and most important advocate.
Romayn Jones Linares, MA, MS, CCC – SLP
SPEAK (Speech Pathology Education Advocacy & Knowledge)
Romayn is a Speech & Language Pathologist who specializes in educational speech therapy, parent advocacy, IEP and assessment review, conducting independent evaluation (at districts expense), dyslexia and culturally and linguistically appropriate assessments.