my mother had a fifth grade education and could not help me with my home work. She only went to a teacher's conference twice.my education was not based on my parents. I had white teachers in k-5 that was excellent and I had white teachers 6-7 that wasn't. I had a ninth grade science teacher who had white students on one side and black students on the other side and she taught on the side of the white students. I spent a weekend in my book until I understood the lessons and she asked why was I now passing her test? My answer was that I was starting to understand it. I got a 55 in her class and got a 95 in summer school. I read and studied and I did not worry about what anyone else thought. I am not stupid and I am teachable. In some areas self taught. I have two degrees and I am a professional even when I was told that I would never make it because I was black and a women only made me more determine to laugh silently in their faces as I moved forward. The education system is boring. it is not geared to exceptional students. I know a 10 year old who can take a small engine apart and rebuild it. so they put him on Ritalin. the programs are not keeping his attention. dumbing down is what is happening to our children's education. I raised seven children as a single parent and not one of my children is uneducated because I gave them puzzles and books as toddlers and have an extensive library. My knowledge of the arts was because of my teachers. I did not have a black teacher until college. I love to learn.
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