To the Editor:
Re: Putting Alice Douse’s name on a school in Killeen
There are folks in Killeen who are hoping that Alice Douse’s name will be placed on a list with other distinguished citizens, after whom the next new school will be named. Mrs. Douse was the first African-American appointed as a principal of a school in the Killeen Independent School District.
It is purported that African-American students lag behind other ethnic groups in test scores. Is it a fact that African-American students are not capable? Or are there other factors such as economics, low self-esteem, favoritism in the student/teacher relationships that contribute to this assumption? All of these are among the factors being disputed, discussed and considered to fix the problem called the achievement gap.
How nice it would be to at least have Alice Douse’s name on the list. Think of how the self-esteem of KISD African-American students may be affected by seeing her name on a KISD school.
Claudia L. Brown, Ph.D.,