I ran into this article by a middle aged white guy from a middle class background who had an easier life than most poor black kids. His name is Gene Marks, and he writes for Forbes online, and covers technologies helping companies become quicker, better, wiser, etc., according to his bio.
He listened to a speech by President Obama about the crucial time for the middle class, and it inspired him to write the article I’m writing this blog post on today. He noted that he was and is not a poor black kid, but if he was he would certainly make sure he worked hard to get the best grades possible. He’d make sure he could read sufficiently (book of the week style), as a priority.
I wouldn’t care if I was a student at the worst public middle school in the worst inner city. Even the worst have their best.
Getting good grades gives you more options, even if you’re at a sh&tty school, and knowing how to read well and read with comprehension will educate you beyond the walls of your school. That’s all I wanted to comment on in his article. The vitalness in reading as his top priority. What does it matter to you and why is it important coming from some middle aged guy who writes for Forbes.
Well I don’t know Gene Marks and won’t reach out to him for anything. He’s a published author and is in the circle of learned men and women, so I’m sure he knows a thing or two about being educated. READ and teach our children to read.
I am not a poor black kid, but if I was, I’d make sure I could read and I’d read books and score high in school, and if I had an extracurricular talent, I’d go all out on that secondary to my reading and education and knowledge skills.
Here is Gene’s original article to read the rest of what he’d do.