Black Preschoolers Have To Face EWB: Education While Black
That’s because black preschoolers are more likely to be suspended than white preschoolers, says the Department of Eduction. And this is even though black students make up just 18% of enrolled preschoolers.
The study — which includes 15 years of data collected from all of the nation’s 97,000 schools — indicates that the pattern of race-based inequality that begins even earlier than previous studies have suggested.
“Fourth grade failure syndrome” — in which achievement among black male students begins to lag as teachers’ perception of them shift from impressionable boys to “the would-be criminal, the oversexed, great athlete, and [the] academically unsuccessful” — has already been well-documented by academics. This new study by the Department of Education suggests that the “school-to-prison pipeline” begins even earlier, at the preschool level.