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Educating Black Boys

As the nation enters its third year under the leadership of its first Black president, a man so well educated, his critics have labeled him an elitist, the numbers tell us many Black male students are more likely to hit the streets than the books. In just 2010 alone, the release of three high-profile research studies generated national debate on the academic prospects of Black boys. The statistics describing Black boys as more likely than their peers to be placed in special education classes, labeled mentally retarded, suspended from school, or drop out altogether is disturbing enough. But the surprising news, at once puzzling and promising, is that we actually have tools to reverse this trajectory and success stories to prove it.

Read more in Race Against Time: Educating Black Boys (February 2011) (2 MB, 8pp). This Focus on Blacks publication summarizes the current research about Black male students and offers positive steps educators can take at the classroom, school, and district levels.