A friend alerted me to this Houston Chronicle article dated April 3, 2008, in which we learn that
Houston eighth-graders posted a five-point gain on the writing portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but still lagged behind many of their classmates in urban school systems across the country.
...The sampling of 139,000 eighth-graders across the country who took the exam — dubbed the Nation's Report Card — posted an average score of 154 out of a possible 300. Texas students earned a 151, down one point from 2002, the last time the writing exam was given.
...Only middle-schoolers in Cleveland and Los Angeles posted scores lower than HISD's 143 average, according to 2007 results released Thursday.
Well that's bad news, but it's delivered in a pretty straightforward manner. Until you get to this sentence, which she, and I, have a problem with. Can you tell why?
...And the 11 percent of HISD test-takers who are either Anglo or Asian scored 171 points, well above Hispanics' 138 and blacks' 140. Hispanic and black students in Houston did see six- and four-point gains, respectively.
Hmmm. I have some questions.
1. Why are Anglos and Asians linked together? Who's scores were highest?
2. Why are "Anglo," "Asian," and "Hispanic" all capitalized, but "black" isn't?
3. Most importantly, why, even though Blacks have higher scores, are we listed dead last?
Why do we always have to be at the bottom, even when we're not? And identified with a lower case letter? Come on now. As Fannie Lou Hamer said, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. If you are too, drop the author a line to let her know how you feel. firstname.lastname@example.org