Like the Ten Commandments, the key ideas and principles to ensure the success of minority students looks simple on paper, but will take soul-searching and tireless effort to implement. Here are my Ten Commandments to assure the success of minority students!

  1. Raise the bar. Have high expectations. Expect great things from minority students, instead of diluting standards, explicitly or implicitly.
  2. Elementary school is not just playtime. Lay a strong foundation. Do not treat students as if they are on an escalator that automatically moves to the next level. Instead work to ensure that the foundation is strong.
  3. Don’t treat schools with heavy minority populations as second class citizens. For all the talk on equality and importance of education, schools with heavy minority populations are shamelessly neglected.
  4. Invest in libraries. Read to young children. Reward them for reading. Make reading the nerve center of schools.
  5. Open their eyes to the world. Minority children need to develop a global view. Multi-culturalism and global competencies are keys to their success.
  6. Find mentors and role models. If there is one thing that has a long-lasting impact, it is having a mentor.
  7. Expose them to new and emerging careers. Many students still believe that nursing and fire-fighting are the only two careers available to them.
  8. Inspire the community to ensure that every minority kid is a success story. It takes a village to raise a child.
  9. Pay teachers well. Respect and honor them. The work they do is challenging and often goes unnoticed.
  10. Hold parents accountable. School is not a day time nursery and they have a role to play in the education and well-being of their child.

About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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