Wednesday, June 25, 2008

*THIS* Kind Of Affirmative Action I Can Support

This isn't lowering standards. This is helping at-risk black boys rise to meet standards, to reach their full potential.

The Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, founded in 2002, has become a haven. The charter school, which is not part of the Chicago Public Schools system, has a mission to prepare young black men for college and promote self-esteem and success.

The article is very uplifting. Go take a read.


Michael Nevin said...

Wow! Very sad and encouraging at the same time.

Dave Gordon, Sarasota, FL. said...

This is the right answer. No chest pounding BS. The real deal. These young men have been helped to realize THERE IS a choice. And they are men enough to embrace it. I'm very proud to count these young men as citizens of our great country. I wish you all the best of luck and that you all fulfill your dreams and aspirations.

allen (in Michigan) said...

> Students regularly recite the school's creed

There's obviously more going on but the underlying message is that education is important which is the contrast to the schools these young guys are used too. In those schools whatever the underlying message might be, it isn't that education is important.

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful story. Our children are so vulnerable and really - the solutions for todays youth are so simple. Not easy, but simple.

My only problem with this is that if there was a school that accepted only white boys - the world would be upside down.

Troubled youth come in all colors, races, etc. and they all deserve a chance at success.

Aside from that, kudos. This is fantastic.