Panel backs culture course, works by blacks in curriculum

May 18, 1992|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

A task force looking at black student achievement in the county's school system recommends that more works by blacks be worked into the curriculum and that teachers be required to take a course in black culture.

The report of the Task Force for Black Male Achievement will be discussed at tonight's Board of Education meeting, at 7:30 at board headquarters, 2644 Riva Road.

The task force of community leaders, clergy and school officials suggests that more works by blacks in the areas of social studies, math, arts, language arts, music and science be included in the school curriculum. The committee will ask the school board to consider mandating that all teachers take at least one three-credit course on black culture within five years of being certified.

A recommendation that other groups be formed over the next five years to include other minority groups also will be offered by the committee.

The task force was formed in 1989 at the request of former School Superintendent Larry L. Lorton. The panel is attempting to determine how to meet the needs of black male students, who parents and community leaders say have not been adequately served by the school system.

Black students in the county, especially black males, have scored lower on tests than their white counterparts.

The school board also will hear a report on Chapter One, a federally funded program for disadvantaged children. Schools are selected for Chapter One based upon the economic levels of their neighborhoods and academic achievement of their students.

Children are screened for the program and are eligible to receive additional help in the classroom.

The annual report on the achievement of Chapter One students is required by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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