The recent studies about black males falling behind in school have one thing in common: they ignore the role sports play in the issue. When parents, coaches and principals allow students to pursue sports absent academic requirements they encourage young men to ignore academics and invest all their a...
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December 04, 2010
December 02, 2010
A grass roots approach in Lexington, Ky. (As always, I argue that the "boy troubles" should not be pigeonholed by race. The key to helping African American males is to identify the reasons nearly all boys are having problems. The solutions will end up helping black boys the most, because their prob...
November 25, 2010
Afro columnist assesses the social damage from the widespread failure of black males. I continue to believe that advocates for black males weaken their arguments by making this a "black" issue. There are strong threads connecting what's happening to black boys and white boys, especially white boys ...
November 24, 2010
Tim King explains in the Hechinger Report.
November 22, 2010
Interesting debate here. If regular public schools were doing 'right' by black males, I could see the merit in their objections. But these urban all-boys charters are turning into lifesavers for black males.
November 22, 2010
That comes from Yvette Jackson, head of the National Urban Alliance, guest columnist for the Post's Valerie Strauss. From the column: I wanted to cry when I read about the recent widely publicized report from the Council of Great City Schools about the underachievement of African-American males in...
November 18, 2010
Made here in The Root. Frankly, I think these schools work more because they are high quality charters. As such, they provide badly needed escape hatches for urban families. But that's not the same as a broad solution to a huge problem. Single-sex education for girls draws plenty of advocates as we...
November 17, 2010
There are still multiple theories out there, most of which contain some truth. But the multiple theories serve as a barrier to action -- it just all seems so hopeless, especially if the causes are seen to be cultural. Some of the clear causes, however, are "actionable," such as the literacy issue, ...
November 16, 2010
As this columnist points out, nobody wants to see it in these terms. And yet gender plays as big a role as race. And here's an example of the myopia: Bob Hebert in the ny times. At Dropout Nation, RiShawn Biddle released a podcast calling for black men to rescue black boys.
November 15, 2010
Interesting intervention efforts in Oakland.