Coconuts in Public Schools
- By Sam George
- Published 07/17/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now they have to worry about their children going to the US public education system. They find it does not match the rigor of early education in India and American culture has many distractive elements that keeps kids off from studies.
The Washington Post recently published an investigative series, revealing D.C.’s public schools are “close to the highest-spending and worst-performing in the nation.” The results include low test scores, dilapidated buildings—and neglected students, some of whom end up in a life of crime.
Such reports scares the Indian American parents. They find themselves trapped between the desire to pursue the American dream and wonder if their kids ever will be as successful. If the children of early immigrants (those who came in 70s and 80s) are any indication, it is evident that the second generation is generally failing to live upto or exceed the expectations of immigrant parents.