Rosa Smith, former superintendent of the Columbus, Ohio, schools, had an epiphany one morning when she read some statistics about U.S. prison population. Some 75% of the prison population, she found, is Latino or African-American, and 80% are functionally illiterate. She felt a new sense of purpose: Her work was no longer about teaching math or science, but about saving lives!
This is the attitude we must adopt if we are to save our children in urban schools, and schools in predominantly Black communities all over this country. There is a call to arms that we must all embrace. Failure is