Needed: More Parental Input

Lastword: “Educating, Challenging Future Journalists of Color,” Aug. 10

Needed: More Parental Input

I think [the column] highlights some of the problems with entrusting the education of our young people to the public school system. This is further exacerbated by the lack of parental input prevalent in the African-American community. Looking back, I would not have gained the oratory and critical thinking skills in order to get through (or even into) law school had I been forced to rely on the Chicago Public School system. The only reason that I was able to graduate from law school and gain acceptance to medical school is because of parental input.

Secondly, because of the failure of integration, many African-Americans do not come out of high school knowing some of the more mainstream cultural/historical “reference points” that are required to navigate the road to a profession in America.

— Andrew Gonzalez, J.D.

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