Number of black N.S students in special programs alarming, report says
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- - February 25, 2010 at 00:46:05
This is nothing new. Looks like the NS Dept of Education is still going 'through the motions' with black children. As a black student growing up in NS in the 70's, I too was pushed through the system. I wasn't allowed to participate in certain programs as they were intended for the 'white children' who would go on to post-secondary education. Kids like me were pushed aside and forced to take 'work preparation' classes. The goal of the schools then - and now, so it seems - was to get us out of the schools asap without a high school diploma, and into dead-end jobs. Luckily for me I had skills that helped me find work at the age of sixteen, but I still do not have the papers to prove what I can do, and that limits my career choices to jobs that pay much lower than those filled by 'certified' workers. I work side by side with these 'certified' workers. Bottom line - for the black parents who are reading this, do not let your kids get pushed through this system. Demand a higher standard for their education, no matter what.
Mike from Port Alberni BC (formerly from Amherst NS)
- - February 25, 2010 at 00:45:59
As a Black professional I agree there have been delayed opportunities, misplaced files, etc....and I can never recall being invited to see a guidance counselor in school ..Needless to say today we have more opportunities. I believe it is about Attitude and Determination. We can become all we were called to be. The road is uphill sometimes but that would apply to anyone such as persons who have illness, may have been incarcerated, are people of colour, etc....BE CREATIVE and remember if your name is on it No man can stop you...only you .....so keep studying .. help is on the way!