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November 14, 2010

The Marriageable Mate Dilemma Among Blacks

Milwaukee columnist points out the dilemma: the high rate of fatherless families among blacks is likely to continue as long as black boys languish in school. It's the marriageable mate dilemma. What's the motivation for a black woman to marry a less educated black male? That's the same question no...

November 12, 2010

Will Black Males Have the Skills to be Journalists?

That's the question raised here. The answer, given the declining literacy skills found in urban black males, has to be: unlikely. One beacon for hope continues to be the rising number of urban charter schools aimed at black males. Here's an interesting one in the pipeline in Madison, Wisconsin, the...

November 09, 2010

'Jaw-Dropping' Report on Black Males

New report on black males shows that non-poor black boys fare no better in school than white boys who live in poverty. The report from the Council of Great City School Districts calls the situation a "national catastrophe." The CGCS is right, of course. And this is a valuable report. However, I'l...

October 07, 2010

Next Up: Gender Disparities in Learning?

Obama targets racial disparities in discipline. True, but what gets unsaid is that in many cases black boys act out in school because they'd rather get expelled than exposed as poor learners. The real issue is why so many black boys get to that stage in the first place. My book research pointed to...

September 23, 2010

More Education Documentaries Arriving...

Waiting for Superman is sucking up all the oxygen, but Beyond the Bricks, which will focus on black inner city children, especially boys, is worth a look as well. Here's a trailer. And one more.

September 22, 2010

Kirp on Black Males

Anything written by professor/preschool author David Kirp is worthy of a read.

September 21, 2010

Reaction to Study about Black Boys

Cynthia Tucker, columnist for the Atlanta papers, has a good analysis on the "yawning" reaction to the recent Schott Foundation report on the high dropout rate among black males. She's right: the solutions offered up by the report were too simplistic and doctrinaire.

September 14, 2010

Rising Suspension Rates for Black Males

From the Southern Poverty Law Center: In 18 urban districts examined more closely, the average suspension rate for all students was 22.2 percent, double the average for all districts. The study found that 175 middle schools in these districts suspended more than one third of their black male studen...

September 14, 2010

'Just Badly Taught'

Once again, the Brits outdo us in reporting on gender gap issues. This holds true in the U.S. as well. Thousands of mostly black boys are shunted into special education only because they were badly taught. Can't read at grade level? ask the educators? Can't possibly be our fault. Let's put him in sp...

September 02, 2010

Worries About Black and Latino Boys in Philly

Zero-tolerance discipline policies wreaking havoc among minority boys, finds task force. From the report: The report noted that the four-year graduation rate for African American males is 45 percent, and for Latino males is 43 percent. That "is staggering," Irizarry said. It drew heavily on data c...

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