By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Walter Fields and his wife are proud of their daughter, a sophomore at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, a good math student – scoring proficiency on state tests and earning an A in 8th grade algebra. However, she wasn’t recommended for 9th grade geometry, a course that would keep her on track for Advanced Placement calculus her senior year.READ MORE: 2 Men Shot During Robbery Inside Store In South Philadelphia's Italian Market: Police
With a heavy sports schedule, she didn’t do as well in Algebra the next year and her teacher suggested she choose sports or math, telling her parents, she doesn’t “get it.”READ MORE: Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Riding Motorcycle Killed In Crash
The Fields, well-educated African Americans, believe the school has hindered their daughter’s progress because of race and, with other parents, are preparing a lawsuit. Fifty six percent of Columbia’s students are black, yet only 14.4% took AP calculus.MORE NEWS: Jersey Shore Business Owners Warn Vacationers To Prepare To Pay Up This Summer
The Washington Post reports that some schools restrict AP access to show a high rate of success, while some good students in math, science and engineering are losing out.