Saturday, March 18, 2006

Why Don't We Ever Pass This Sort of Thing Around?

Thirty-four percent of blacks over age 3 were enrolled in school in 2000. For all races, the average was 27.5 percent.

On the high school level, the combined verbal and math SAT scores of African-American children improved by 173 points from the 1975-1976 school year to the 2000-2001 school year while the scores for their white counterparts improved by 116 points. While the racial gap shrunk, African-American scores remained more than 200 points lower than white scores.

The high-school dropout rate for blacks fell to 5 percent in 1998 from 8.7 percent in 1975. During that same period, the dropout rate for whites fell to 4.4 percent from 5.4 percent.

In 1975, one in five African Americans age 18 to 24 were attending an institution of higher education. By 2000, that number had increased to nearly one in three.

From 1980 to 2000, the number of blacks receiving bachelor degrees climbed by 78 percent. The number of blacks receiving master's degrees had increased more than 100 percent.

I'm sick and tired of having the efforts and strivings of me and my generation mates ignored in favor of the same old tired narrative about how blacks don't do this or can't do that.

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