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We Know How to Teach Black Kids

So why do we keep reading stories about black boys falling further behind in school? It's time to stop talking and just teach.

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"We dare not fail," Sharpton announces.

Right -- but fail we will, if we do not start demanding that our local school boards use methods of teaching reading that actually work.

John McWhorter is a regular contributor to The Root. He is the author of Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English.

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John McWhorter is a contributing editor at The RootHe is an associate professor at Columbia University and the author of several books, including Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America and Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English.

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