Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Charles County Schools Set To Become Majority Black

In a Washington Post article today...


African American students are poised to become the majority in Charles County public schools this year, a significant turning point for a system that just five years ago was predominantly white and the clearest sign yet of Southern Maryland's shifting demographics.

When enrollment figures are tabulated this week, Charles school officials predict their school district will become majority black -- the third such system in the region, joining the District and Prince George's County. Last year, the number of black students in Charles surpassed the number of white students for the first time, and the portion of African Americans probably will rise above 50 percent this year.

Read more HERE.


Anonymous said...


Knowing the path that DC and PG county schools have taken, this is a sad bit of news indeed.

After meeting with some school administrators within the last week, and listening to their diction and grammar skills, it is no wonder the school system is going to hell in a hand basket.

Why do educated people hire morons to run our schools? Why do we stoop so low as to "turn a blind eye" to people that are ignorant to the usage of proper English Grammar?

Jennifer, if I could, I'd pull my child out of the public schools in an instant.

I see where the BOE announced a public meeting to occur tomorrow (Thursday) down at SMECO. Why so last minute? Duh!

Keep up the fight. Could we please work a little harder screening people applying for administrators?

LegalBeaglette said...

It is not only the administrators who have appalling language skills, and it is a mistake to attempt to address it, however tactfully one might try. I’ve been sickened by the many times I have heard educators address the Board of Education and our children as “you guys,” and my children have never been permitted to refer to anything as “effin’ ….” but their teachers and coaches apparently are. My children didn’t know what “wifebeater” shirts were, but were instructed to be sure to wear them for a particular activity at school…by a teacher. Coupled with the “attitude” that usually accompanies the language, it is understandable that educated, polite parents have diminished respect for such people, and we no longer wonder why we, or our children, are having difficulties with them. Ignorance, arrogance and authority are a bad mixture.

With regard to the racial makeup of our schools, I am confused as to how that should have any bearing on the quality of education. If access to facilities and programs is available to all students, and all students must adhere to the same rules of conduct, why is the color of their skin of interest? Is it supposed to be telling in some way? That certainly is not the gist of the article referenced here.

The one comment in this article that did give me great pause was, “When they [the schools] send forth a message that they understand and want to have contact with the families, that makes the families more trusting of the schools.” With its school visitation policy, Charles County is not sending such a positive message. Parents of children with special needs, parents of highly-able children, parents of children of different races have expressed their frustration – they feel ostracized, not welcomed.