I have been interested to follow everyones' comments but the tenor of the postings has become quite personal, and that diminishes the arguments. Rather than dwell on institutional racism, which certainly exists, let's think about a different way to look at the problem.
Our conversation in March led us to the conclusion that if we do not pay attention to the education gap now, we will reap the consequences in the not too distant future. As a designer, we are taught to look at problem solving as an iterative process: try something, fail, try something else, improve on it, try something else, fail again, etc. I think we, as a society, are intimidated by the scope of the problem, and in fact, we just need to try a lot of different things, biting off small chunks to see what is helpful.
Teaching children that you have high expectations of them is critical, I believe. If you expect children to excel, it has been proven that they rise to the challenge. If there is a way to teach children they are capable of anything, in spite of what their family environments are telling them, or society is telling them, perhaps you can make a dent in that education gap.
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