Although it’s a story that rarely appears in the media, there are black male students who not only go to college, but also graduate. Enrollment statistics are alarmingly low – in 2002, black men accounted for only 4.3 percent of students enrolled in institutes of higher education – and are a clear indication there is still a serious issue of black male underachievement. But the fact that there are success stories prompted a series of questions and then a study, that ultimately shed light on what factors contribute to success in education for some black males. The study’s author, Shaun R. Harper, Ph. D., at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, hopes the results can provide some direction for what needs to be done to improve the rate of academic success for future generations. View full article »
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Today’s blog post comes from Communities In Schools’ Grassroots Coordinator Dorian Wanzer.
For me, Black History Month is a time to recognize the black experience as an integral part of American history. More importantly, it’s for circulating success stories of determined and courageous African American leaders and visionaries who I admire year-round. Communities In Schools stresses the importance of students’ one-on-one relationship with caring adults as a basic for academic and life success.
After reviewing biographies of black history icons like Dr. Ben Carson, Dorothy Height, and Ossie Davis, a question came to mind: did these individuals have mentors? The answer is yes. Their accomplishments are the result of perseverance, opportunity and, of course, guidance from a caring adult. View full article »
When we think about the barriers that prevent a student from achieving academic success, we can point to easily apparent signs of trouble. We notice when a child is wearing the same clothes every day or falling asleep in class too often. External cues like these tip people off to students in distress.
But there’s another, less visible obstacle that can hold a student back: low expectations. When a student is in an environment that either overtly or subtly sends a message that the bar is set too high, what point is there to homework? Why bother going to class? Why expect anything better than the current reality?
In recent years, research has proven time and again that one of the main reasons young black males have difficulty succeeding in the classroom is due to being raised in a culture of low expectations. In November 2010, the Council of the Great City Schools released a study about black male achievement on a national level. They found that because of disadvantages faced outside the classroom and low expectations by society, black males are less likely to participate in academic clubs, more likely to be suspended from school and more likely than their white peers to be held back a grade. View full article »
So it’s time again for Reader Revels! It’s an opportunity for you to celebrate and share the difference you made in someone’s life recently, or to recognize the work that someone else did to inspire you.
Did you watch a student you mentor graduate recently? Have you helped organize a cool summer program for kids? Share your achievements with us and our readers!
To submit your story, go to the comments section of this blog post. We’ll pick our favorite ones to turn into feature stories for the blog!
Let’s celebrate the great work we all do to help children succeed in school and achieve in life!
While we have all experienced the effects of our country’s economic downturn in one way or another, a new Census Bureau report released Tuesday delivered a shock to the system with the statistic that 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty last year—nearly one in six people.
Sadly, many of these people are children. As parents lose their jobs or take severe pay cuts, their sons and daughters go without food, clean clothes and sometime even a home.
The Washington Post put it bluntly: “The economic turmoil has pummeled children, for whom the poverty rate last year — 22 percent — was at the highest level since 1993.” View full article »