What can be done to improve the success of black male students?

Did you know that a black male is more likely than any other group to be placed in special education classes, with 80 percent of all special education students being Black or Hispanic males?

Learning disabilities aside, black students (and particularly boys) experience disconnection when it comes to the authority figures in their classrooms. The K-12 teaching profession is dominated by white women, many who are very qualified and very interested in helping all their students succeed but lack the first-hand experience needed to connect with their Black male students.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the disadvantages that Black boys bring to their schools aren’t corrected in K-12 classrooms, they are furthered. As they get older, they are continually marginalized in their schools and societies – given less-than-adequate access to the resources that their already advantaged peers receive. While the connection between items like reading scores and civic responsibility may not seem well defined on the surface, they are related and that relationship is integral to turning the tide for Black boys in America

It has been shown over and over again that punishment for Black boys – even first-time offenders – in schools is harsher than any other demographic. Consider these facts:

Schools with majority Black students also tend to have lower amounts of teachers who are certified in their degree areas. A U.S. Department of Education report found that in schools with at least 50 percent Black students, only 48 percent were certified in the subject, compared with 65 percent in majority white schools. In English, the numbers were 59 and 68 percent, respectively and in science, they were 57 percent and 73 percent.

No wonder they aren’t in college

These trends are not conducive to improving the numbers of young black men who are able to attend college. In fact, the numbers are dismal when it comes to black young men who attend and graduate from colleges in the U.S. Statistically speaking, black men have the lowest test scores, the worst grades and the highest dropout rates – in K-12 education, and in college too.  The recognition of this educational crisis has led to some strong initiatives targeted at young black men with the intention of guiding them through the college years and to successful, productive lives that follow.

Which is why college motivation within and without the black community is so vital for these young men. At this point in the nation’s history, they are in the greatest need for the lifestyle change that higher education can provide, and not just for individual growth, but also for the benefit of the entire nation.

It is clear that improving the successful admission into college and subsequent acquisition of professional degrees would go a long way toward improving the outlook for these young men in crisis.  But, change needs to start early on and involve the entire school system as well as the community as a whole.

Do you think earlier targeting when it comes to young Black men and higher education would impact the number of students?

0 Replies to “What can be done to improve the success of black male students?”

  1. Our country needs to let go on the stereotyping and not be so harsh on black men at a young age. That may be a good start. We also need to get more high quality teachers in schools with black students.

  2. There are white women in the classroom as you stated. Maybe black families can talk to their sons about respecting and relating to white women — and maybe there can be some additional training for white women who lack experience with young black males.

  3. Its simple. Get black boys out of the public school systems across this hateful country and place them all in the charter schools and academies in the country that have been created to cater to their unique learning style that happen to headed and operated by black male teachers and administrators. This has been proven time and time again to be a success as it relates to academic achievements among black males. Also, suspensions, stereotyping, racial and gender profiling are zero. The all male charter school in the heart of Chicago has not only been graduating its students at 100 percent for the past give years in a toe. They all receive full scholarships to top colleges. In conclusion. The purposeful educational destruction of the black male is nothing new. Dr. Jawanzaa Kunjufu wrote about this plan years ago in his series of books titled, “Countering the conspiracy to destroy black boys. Vols. I, II, III”

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