Within the last few months, Tony Norman, a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and also a book editor wrote an interesting column about educating African American students and how it may not be teachers' faults but instead their own parents that they are not learning what they should be. Norman's main point seemed to be that he believes parents need to be more proactive in their children's lives. He backs this idea up by saying that what's really missing in these students' lives are "active, radical involvement of every parent of a black child in the Pittsburgh school district." He also mentions that he thinks students should be taught from the very beginning and that parents should never give up on their children and push for media-free education. He seems to be relatively fair with his opinion but it is clear how he really feels toward parents who blame everything on teachers. He makes it known that it has to be a two way street for both teachers and parents. The only thing I may have done differently would have been to ask some individual opinions from each side, teacher and parent. I really liked this piece because I feel the same way when it comes to this issue. I feel like parents should take just as much, if not more, responsibility for how their children attain and retain information.