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It's "Later" for Young Black Men

By Harry Smith

Was it ever thus? Back in the 1960's, an advertisement for the engine additive STP was known for the mechanic who said you can pay me now or pay me later. Later meant the expense would be greater. Jesse Jackson took the phrase over in the 1970s and '80s. He was talking about failing schools and young black men. Make the schools better or pay more later when the men in staggering numbers would end up incarcerated. A report issued Tuesday by The Council of Great City Schools serves to confirm what we've known for decades. By fourth grade, only twelve percent of black male students can perform at grade level. It drops year after year thereafter and eventually, half of all the black teenage males in America just quit school. It's too late to be shocked by the numbers. What's needed is the will to change this. Too many lives are being wasted.

Just a Minute...I'm Harry Smith, CBS News

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