If readers have read part one of my article, you would be somewhat familiar with my take on this entire education system and my suggestion of creating a national student union as a way of correcting this lingering and growing problem. This continuing story now centers on another reason why I believe that minority students are disenfranchised from the opportunity of higher or secondary education and again why a student union would be needed to insure that all are treated fairly when it comes to issues which may be well outside the range of some parents.
As was written in the first part, I attempted to point out that having not voice in school when it comes to justice and fair play makes some students, especially minority ones “see it as some form of punishment instead of an avenue to their dreams.” “They began to look for shortcuts and seriously search for a way out.” “Whether it’s through dropping out, joining a gang or committing suicide.” (Manns, Ronnie, 10/20/2010, Associated Content, America’s Education System for Minorities is Broken, Retrieved from www.associatedcontent.com). What I will concentrate on in this article is the American College Test or ACT. I had really not paid too much attention to this test until recently when I was attempting to help my daughter prepare for going off to college after graduation. She had mentioned how difficult the questions were and how it made her feel to do so poorly on them. She was feeling like a complete failure and figured that because she had done badly on it, it must prove that she was stupid or ignorant. Because I know this child better than she knows herself, I knew that stupidity and ignorance was not the cause. As I began to look into this, I became more and more aware that it was more a reason of exposure and the lack there of instead of fair of failure and being stupid.
The more I researched this issue, the more it became clear to me that lack of exposure for those students who would like to continue their education after high school may cause them to seek a lesser and easier road than to take up the challenge that a more demanding school would require. This issue did not affect me but it may be one of the primary reason so many just give up and move on to a lesser existence than the one they had dreamed of. To some, this final thought may be over-reaching but after looking at this situation, I have come to the comparison of the ACT to that of the civil exam which was required before blacks were allowed to vote.