April Baer | February 26, 2009 | Portland, OR
“In Multnomah County, a new study is pointing the way to fixing inequity between black and white students. April Baer reports on the Black Parent Initiative’s new report on the achievement gap.
Multnomah County’s school districts are doing several things already to level the playing field.
Here at Faubion, a K-8 school in the Portland District, kids can stay late for after-school activities–some academic, some just fun–through a county-funded enrichment program.
These kids are learning to play chess, spilling supersized plastic pieces out onto felt chessboards. Down the hall another group’s getting help with homework.
But the report released Wednesday suggests that while programs like this are important, kids must be reached before first grade. “
90% of the HUMAN BRAIN is developed by age 6 years old.
What grade DO most children begin the 1st grade?
What could we be DOing for the 0-6 years old?
How can we work together to get it DONE?