The Therapy Sessions
Monday, October 13, 2003
William Raspberry Speaks The Truth
Holy shit, Batman!
An Attitude Gap
Speaking frankly and helpfully about the academic achievement gap between black and white students is a lot harder than it ought to be.
It is particularly hard if it is true -- as I believe -- that the gap has less and less to do with racism and more and more to do with the habits and attitudes we inculcate among our children.
I can almost feel the resistance from black Americans to the notion that there is something cultural about the underachievement of black students.
Almost as palpable is the easy conclusion on the part of many whites (and I'm not talking about racists) that if black people would just buckle down as other disadvantaged groups have done, many of their problems would evaporate.
And yet -- how hard this is! -- the buckle-down crowd may be closer to the mark.