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January 05, 2011

'Man Up' Comes to Dallas

Program aimed at African American male students. This fits into the 'role model' school of fixes for the boy troubles. Can't hurt, and is undoubtedly part of the solution. I'm more interested in why so many black males end up in special education for reading deficiencies.

January 02, 2011

Progress in Baltimore

Reforming suspension policies can boost graduation rates among African American males, Baltimore finds. This is an experiment possibly worth copying in other districts. But it still falls into the Band-Aid category: what prompts the behaviors that lead to the suspensions?

December 31, 2010

A Positive Take on African American Males

From Kansas City author Derrick Barnes.

December 29, 2010

Good Analysis on Black Males

From former schools superintendent Ronald Holmes. I wish I had seen more about literacy -- the reason so many boys end up in that special education track Holmes says black males need to avoid.

December 15, 2010

From Rap Music to Rap Sheet

The case for making the connection is made here, at the Philly Daily News. Frankly, I think of rap music in the same way I think of video games -- not helpful, but not the actual source of the problem.

December 10, 2010

Single-Sex Options Spreading in Houston

HISD moves to open up an all-boys school modeled after Chicago's Urban Prep Academy. From the article: "We have to do something to save our young men of today," HISD Trustee Carol Mims Galloway said, noting that too many already have been in jail or are on track to land there. Hard to argue with ...

December 08, 2010

The Single-Gender Argument in Madison

Interesting discussion there around a proposed charter school aimed mostly at African American boys. These schools tend to have a good track record, but how much of that is due to admissions skimming and shedding unsuccessful students? Therefore, I'm still looking for the perfect argument for goin...

December 06, 2010

About Chicago's Urban Prep ...

Urban Prep sounds like a huge success story, and I have no doubt it is. But as for their claim of sending 100 percent of their graduates to college, that has to be put in perspective, as Stephanie Banchero does in the Wall Street Journal: At the group's first campus in gang-infested Englewood, 80% ...

December 06, 2010

Black Male: Re-Imagined

That's the name of a summit taking place over the next two days to imagine how life might be different for black males. From Russell Simmons writing in the Huffington Post: If a black boy is born in the US today, he will have a 33% chance of going to prison in his lifetime. Stated another way - 1...

December 05, 2010

Theories on Minority Gender Gaps

Tampa Bay columnist speculates. Focusing on minorities is important. That's where you'll find the steepest gaps. At the same time, however, keep this in mind: among white recipients of four-year degrees, 57 percent are women.

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