The TDSB says it is considering the idea of an "Afro-centric alternative school," and will be holding two public meetings to gauge the public's appetite.
Critics worry that such a school would only serve to divide students; proponents argue it is an experiment worth trying, if it will help more black students graduate.
"There are just too many black students who are being failed by the system, who have maybe dropped out by Grade 10, are suspended by school," said Donna Harrow, a community worker and grandmother who alongside parent Angela Wilson has been instrumental in pushing this idea forward. "Even though they are bright, they don't get the support that they need to become successful."
She said the TDSB has been working with her and Ms. Wilson to open a school as early as September, 2008, a date that could not be confirmed by the a board spokesperson.
From a strictly idealogical point I view I don't like the idea of separating students by race for the sake of any goal. On the other hand, it'd be hard to argue with success (if success occurs).
Is it fairly safe to say that the amount of success a student achieves in school relies less on the genetic makeup of his classmates and teachers and more on whether he/she comes to school each morning mentally and physically prepared for the challenge? I know that all-male and all-female schools often result in higher grades because some of the social tension is eased, but I consider that an imperfect system as well.
Tough call. Maybe it's worth doing for the sake of seeing some preliminary results. Thoughts?