In Pakistan, a schoolgirl who advocates girls’ rights to education is shot in the head by the Taliban. In Nigeria, more than 200 female students are kidnapped from their school by armed extremists opposed to female education.
Global media coverage of these stories has left many U.S. female teens disturbingly aware—as they return to school after the summer break—that what is compulsory and often a killjoy for them in the way of reading, writing and arithmetic could be deadly dangerous if they were living in another part of the world.
In Oklahoma, children ages 4 and 5 are producing results in pre-writing, pre-reading and pre-arithmetic skills, as well as social skills. Oklahoma also offers care for low-income children under 3, beginning in their first year of life.
This access levels the playing field for children from impoverished homes, affording them the same educational advantages as children from wealthier homes.
It’s also critically important for single mothers. Having pre-K at their disposal is crucial in helping these women. Read more here.
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"The majority of black girls who have been suspended got kicked out for being loud, even if they weren’t being disrespectful," saidMorris, co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, based in Oakland, Calif. ”It’s cultural for black girls to speak up, and they are going to fight back if something is wrong.”
Once they’ve gotten stuck in a troubled pattern, many black girls simply drop out of school.
Just 60 percent of black females graduate high school in four years, the National Women’s Law Centerreports, compared to 78 percent of white females.
Data show the steep price that veering off course at school costs later in life. A black woman who has graduated from high school has an income that is 48 percent higher—almost $7,000—than a black female dropout, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Black women with a bachelor’s degree will earn almost three times more than those who have dropped out of high school.