Okay so I’m stuck. I want to change my research topic but I am not exactly sure what I would like to pursue. Well, I have an idea of what I am interested in, but I don’t have a specific question yet. My previous research project (from the summer) dealt with Chinese and Black Americans and their historical interactions and intersections in the United States. This topic was not intriguing enough to sustain my interest, so I decided to change it for the school year. Now, I want to research something that deals with Blacks and education. I’m thinking of applying to graduate school programs in education, so I would like to become at least somewhat familiar with the field before I decide to apply. Also, I would like to build my own charter school some day. I think focusing my research in the area of education will help me with these goals.

Let’s see…I am interested in why Blacks in America don’t seem to be doing well in school. Not only that, but there seems to be a lack of motivation and caring. It is difficult for me to understand how someone could NOT be motivated to achieve the highest possible education and to do well in school. I would like to know what is the problem and what can be done to solve it. Also, which methods have been tried and which have not. I am also interested in teaching methods. As a tutor, I enjoy thinking of different ways to explain the same concept. It is very pleasing when a student finally understands after having such a difficult time. I would like to find out what are the most effective teaching methods and approaches for not only Black but also other students of color and/or low-income students. These things will help me when building my school in the future.

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