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Statistics on race don't give the whole story


Date published: 5/4/2014

Statistics on race don't give the whole story

The April 2 article titled "Race a major factor in children's success" is misleading and incomplete in telling the whole story.

The statistical comparison of academic progress and levels of achievement between various racial groups depicted in the article, in addition to not telling the complete story, does an injustice to all those black students who achieve above the academic level of many white students, notwithstanding historical obstacles.

When an educational report is presented, as it was in this article, it gives one the impression that all white students are achieving ahead of all black students, which is not the case.

Rather than overlooking the achievement of many black students in this type of statistical report, it would be fairer to extrapolate and give credit to the percentage of black students who perform academically superior to a good percentage of many white students.

Statistics can be used in many ways, and in this case they are used, in my opinion, to give the impression that all black students are performing below all white students. That is not the case, and the public needs to know it is not the case.

Informed individuals are aware that the most obvious barriers to academic and future success between the races is racism, discrimination and lack of economic opportunity--and not, as suggested in the statistics given in this report, intelligence.

Selven Powell

Orange