As I work with youth both in the community and in my church, and as I monitor the academic, social and emotional development of my own seven-year old son, I sense a common degree of self-doubt and fear in their eyes. Young people thrive on self-worth; their eyes light up when they realize they can indeed succeed and when they are exposed to examples of others who have succeeded. Let’s infuse them with success mantras and affirmations; let’s get them declaring and then acting as if they are successful and understanding that failure is indeed an option – but success pays more!
If we are to end the education achievement gap, it will require the active participation of the whole village. It will also require us to understand that the end of the education achievement gap will begin in our own home!