IN MY SHOES,
In My Shoes' Founder
Gives Thanks and reflects on
the state of education in georgia
July 2006 marked 5 yrs that In My
has been in existence. I want
to thank our supporters and sponsors. Without you, we would not be
In My Shoes have helped over 15,000 parents and students in
resolving conflict and achieving academic success. During the 2005-2006
school year, Inmyshoes.org went from receiving less than 9000
visits per month to getting 40,000+ visits per month. In addition,
Epson, Inc. and the Atlanta Hawks organization were added to the list of
In My Shoes will continue to educate Georgia's parents on
education to increase the academic success of Georgia students.
We have a lot of work to do and can no-longer ignore the state
of education in Georgia. Our state fluctuates between 49th
and 50th in education. Georgia students lag their peers in
other states in academic performance according to the results of
norm reference tests such as ITBS, SAT, and ACT.
Forty-four percent of Georgia's 9th graders do not graduate from
high school. The Hope scholarship and preparing students
for tech school after high school are not programs designed to
decrease the drop-out rate of Georgia students. They have
been ineffective in ceasing or curtailing the number of students
who leave Georgia public schools before obtaining a High School
The following link details the deplorable college graduation
rates in the University System of Georgia.
University System of
Georgia Graduation Rates
Continuing, Georgia has one of the highest prison rates in the
nation; one out of every ten people in
Georgia will serve time
in prison, which is twice the national average, and 80% of the
male population in Georgia prisons lack a high school diploma and read at elementary
levels. The average reading level of a Georgia prisoner is
7th grade. Lastly and sadly, Georgia has a better vocational
program in prison than in its high schools.
In essence, any school geared to educating all students for
college is inadequate, and eliminating vocational and tech
programs from high school is unacceptable. Hiring
school administrators based on friendship is reckless, and
misleading parents about their child's ability based on inflated
grades, low standards, and the CRCT should be
As a state, I believe Georgia can do better.
Georgia must stop educating the majority of its students into
drop-out, homelessness, prison, and unemployment.
Parents, what role will you play? Parents, don't allow
your children to be mis-educated, under-educated, or non-educated.
Parents, you are the power behind your