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Since the murder of Michael Brown, it is clear that Ferguson, Missouri has been the civil war zone of the United States. The world is watching this town become the tear-gassing, car blowing, protesting community that is not only fighting against police brutality, racial profiling, and racism, but a loss of a Black young familiar face in Ferguson. A sense of community is not only building in the organizers in this newly proclaimed movement, but a sense of community is also rising in the Ferguson library and the fate of the small Black children there.
In the midst of the movement, Ferguson’s library has been receiving large amounts of donations from donors around the world. This week, the library topped a stunning $350,000 worth of monetary donations and gifts since the grand jury decision!
It is very interesting to witness this investment in the library of Ferguson. Understanding how powerful education is to the community, especially during the beginning of a movement against racism and police brutality, will only instill the proper intellectual foundation for children to understand the world better. We are soo excited for the scholastic future of the children in Ferguson!
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As you may have heard, College Board made some changes to the SAT’s, a collegiate exam that measures your level of knowledge in order to get into college. These changes were implemented to lessen the harshness of the test, along with assisting low-income students to actually take the SAT’s.
After Obama’s initiative to allow low-income students a better opportunity to apply to colleges and universities, College Board planned to change “minor things” that will help the administration reach that goal. Aspects like changing the essay portion as optional, revamping the scale to 2400, eliminating “obscure” vocabulary words, and shortening the exam will allow students a better opportunity to get a higher score on the exam.
I say all of that to say this: Will these changes help young African American scholars get into better schools? Will these “new changes” appeal more to underprivileged children that do not nearly understand vocabulary and directions that are asked of them? Can our children’s intelligence be measured by a generic test that doesn’t prove anything? The world may never know. Instead of worrying about changes to this bogus test, lets change the system of allowing a test determine our children’s future.
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