Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, writer, author, life coach and radio/television and talk show host.
A story reported in U.S. News and & World Report (Jan. 2015) stated, “Educational expectations are lower for Black children, according to Child Trends, a non-profit and non-partisan research center that tracks data about children. Black parents, most of whom are less educated than their White counterparts, don’t expect their children to attain as much education as White parents expect.
“Lower expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies, contributing to lower expectations from the student, less-positive attitudes toward school, fewer out-of-school learning opportunities and less parent-child communication about school.”
For so long, many of our children have been brainwashed into thinking education and intelligence is “a White thing.” This lie has done more damage and continues to have a rippling effect on the progress of our children. No longer must this lie continue.
Demand the best
The challenge here is for every Black parent to demand the best from the school system. In addition to that, every Black parent must challenge the system as well as their child to excel in education. Idleness and mediocrity cannot be accepted in any way, shape, or form. When education is valued, lives change which leads to communities changing.
Our mission in Home Base Alpha is to interact with young boys and stress the importance of education and mental wellness. We encourage students to use education as a stepping stone towards eligibility for higher income, whether they earn income from a professional career, a business or a trade. As a young adult, their future goals should be to earn income high enough that will allow them to:
- afford reliable transportation
- maintain a private residence-whether it be a rented or purchased abode
- maintain a savings account with balance high enough to carry 6 months of living expenses
- afford medical, dental, life and property insurance premiums-whether covered by group or individual policies
- maintain a qualified retirement savings account
- have enough liquid funds to cover personal expenses, limit personal spending and pay off revolving debt each month.
- pay-off creditors consistently and maintain a credit score higher than 650