Black parents: High hopes, poor results for kids education

caines | 3/22/2012, 5 a.m.

Does the FCAT really indicate how children are progressing?

Raquel A. Regalado, Miami-Dade County Schools board member, District 6, said, the biggest problem we face is not the amount of funding but the misallocation of resources Somehow our state has become obsessed with standardized tests and whether we realize it or not, passing the FCAT has become tied to our childrens sense of self-worth. she said. Both she and Dr. Pablo Ortiz, provost, Miami Edison Senior High School, commented on the negative impact that the FCAT has on young children particularly children of color. When I see the kinds of realities my students face and overcome every day it motivates me to do whatever I can to help them succeed, Ortiz said. For my 9th and 10th graders, their major hurdle is passing the FCAT. Whats wrong with that picture is they focus so much on one test that they find it impossible to envision their future. We must move away from one test, one moment and one singular method of accountability. Lucie Tondreau, a member of the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition and a parent, said she believes there need to be more Haitian teachers and principals in the public schools. Many Haitian students have trouble because English is not their first language but more than this it is the lack of understanding our culture and our children not knowing the nuances of American culture that make it very difficult for them to sometimes comprehend even basic stories. We must find new ways to collaborate as parents we may be from different countries but as minority parents our children face many of the same obstacles. Education is the new civil rights issue, Abety-Gutierrez added. Look at the record number of Black boys that are not graduating from high school and look at where they are going prison. This is the new age version of Jim Crow. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com