Black Education / Schools : Finding Ways to Better School African American Boys

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  1. Destee

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    Finding Ways to Better School African American Boys

    A new report by a statewide task force that paints a grim picture of how African American male students are faring in Maryland's public schools and universities recommends strengthening mentor programs, encouraging more black men to be teachers and providing more academic support for those who need it.

    "We acknowledge that at every level, there's been a fundamental failure on behalf of our African-American male students and a persistent bias against them. These recommendations are intended to rectify both," the report says.

    The report cites several statistics to bolster the contention that more needs to be done. Of the 32,000 African American boys in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades eligible to take an Advanced Placement exam in 2005, the report says, only 1,229 did so. The report also notes that in 2004-05, six of every 10 suspensions involved a black student.

    "In classes where gender and racial differences are suppressed -- rather than served -- it's almost always the African-American male who loses out."

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    Speaking from the standpoint of a professional educator, START in the home, explaining to Black males the importance of education and RESPECT for their teachers. And this includes RESPECT for "subs".

    African-american males "lose out" because, for the most part they ACT OUT the MOST in class.

    Secondly, what publications exist for professional educators and/or parents interested in home schooling? And I am talking about availability in your local 7/11, Wal-Mat or Barnes and Nobles.

    What are the BLACK organizations and professional associations with PROGRAMS geared toward eliminating the "achievement gap"? How many BLACK folks even know what the "achievement gap" is? Why is this a problem?

    Personally, I am taking a "sick day" today. Worn out from working yesterday with eight periods of unruly, DISRESPECTFUL students (and need I say who the most unruly were/are?).
     
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    Concerning the issue of AP Exams.

    How many BLACK teachers have taken Pre-Ap or AP workshops through the College Board and are trained to TEACH these classes?

    How many Black PARENTS pay to send their kids to AP workshops and/or classes "geared-up" to train them to pass AP and/or Pre-AP exams?

    How many Black PARENTS apply to have ther kids placed in pre-AP programs, some which now begin in 5th grade?

    How many BLACK Colleges and universities have EARLY OUTREACH PROGRAMS which offer AP students college credit and give career guidance towards graduating early with coursework completion resulting in eligibility to be regularly admissable to these BLACK colleges and universities?

    How many BLACK colleges and universities offer SCHOLARSHIPS to Black students currently enrolled in AP and Pre-AP programs, providing them with incentive to attend their schools?

    How many Black STUDENTS place a priority of Academics, over and above Athletics, and attend AP Summer Institutes which offer college credit rather than spending their summer playing on traveling teams, partying, and "hanging out" or "just kicking it"?
     
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    ...What's funny about this is I am about 5 weeks removed from heading into that exact location. My I will have a great time exploring employment options in the area of Education!

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