Higher Ground - Preparing African-American Children for College. Author Leah Y. Latimer has documented many of the obtacles/barriers of why some blacks are not going to college. The book is designed for parents/counselors who don't have a clue about how to prepare their kids to succeed in the education system...to those parent who just need a little guidance. Some of the topices covered in Part One of the book are:
Early Awareness The Value of a College Education Different Kinds of colleges What colleges look for Reading, Writing and Ebonics The importance of Algebra Computers vs. Video games Gettal Along in a Multiculture World The Acedemic Playing field (What other peoples kids are doing) Afirmative Action Paying for college Being Involved: The "Cute Years" and Beyond
Basically, you need to begin planning for your offspring's future before they are born. It's never too late to get started. I plan on going back to college after my daughter enters her junior year of high school.
I encourgage all Black mentors, parents, sunday school teachers, preachers, students, coaches, and concerned members of the majority population in the U.S. to read this book. It can be purchased at www.allblackbooks.com for $12.00.
The only way out of poverty is through education and education begins in the home.