Educating African American Males
Voices From the Field
- Olatokunbo S. Fashola - Johns Hopkins University and Optimal Solutions Group
Why do some students return to school year after year excited and engaged? Why do other students dread school, have negative feelings toward school, or feel unequipped by the challenge or demands of school? Educating African American Males offers multiple perspectives on this topic from top scholars in the field of urban education.
Contributions in this book represent the proceedings from a conference co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and Howard University and devoted to African American male achievement. This exciting new resource brings this important discussion to the field and offers unique perspectives covering sociological, emotional, economic, pedagogical, and cognitive realms.
Educating African American Males makes bold strides in moving away from low test scores, high dropout and expulsion rates, and high disciplinary problems, and toward the constructive aim of achieving high-quality education for all students.
American Male Adolescents in Chicago, Melissa Roderick
"Offers a refreshing alternative to the mere recitation of the all-too-familiar bad news. Educating African American Males is grounded in reality. The authors do not promote a one-size-fits-all approach to problem solving. They offer sound, practical suggestions for educators."
"Fashola's collection of these powerful research studies is both persuasive and well-documented. The studies and evidence provided by Noguero, Ferguson, Roderick, and others help promote the dialogue about why African American males are not succeeding academically and what schools can do about it."
"The highly practical and rigorously informative research presented advocates holding high standards for African American males by using holistic approaches that recognize achievement via alternative means to the traditional, quantitatively derived measurements. Its multidisciplinary approach helps further the conversation for providing effective pipelines to close the achievement gap."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Cultural Issues in Comprehensive School Reform