Equity & Diversity Opinion

The Conservative Take on the Schott Report

By Richard Whitmire — August 26, 2010 1 min read
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Conservatives point fingers at poverty, bad schools and family breakdown for reasons why black males fare so poorly in school. But this writer, like everyone else, misses the key question: why do these factors affect boys far more then girls?

The Schott Foundation report focuses on the race angle -- comparing white boys to black boys. That missed much of the point as well. If race (combined with and poverty, bad schools, family breakdown) is the primary driver, then why do twice as many black women as women earn four-year degrees?

Obviously, this dilemma is a mix of race, poverty and gender. Why is it so hard to acknowledge that?

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