A recent Post and Courier article discussed the findings of a regional education report by the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative. It showed that black, Hispanic and low-income students perform significantly below the reading level of other students.
TCCC correctly recommended that school districts need more help from communities to take ownership of education and not expect everything from the classroom teacher.
Several years ago in Georgia, I was a county United Way chairman. Our county was faced with the same problem. Our investigation revealed that poor student performance many times was the result of a poor home learning environment or single parents who did not have time or ability to teach.
In many Hispanic families English was not the primary language spoken at home. Often single parents were themselves the product of poor learning environments.
To create the proper home learning environment United Way funded a group of teachers to visit the homes of poorly performing students and help establish a proper learning environment.
The schools recommended these students, and parents signed a home visit approval agreement. They also instructed parents and even grandparents about self-schooling practices. Security precautions were always taken, and the program was a great success.