To make sure that at least 20 percent of Black males have a college degree by 2020, we need to move beyond merely getting Black males into college. We need proactive strategies to prepare them to compete at a university that has a record of retaining and graduating Black males.
In Challenging the Status Quo, Toldson and Lewis reveal how states, districts and schools conspire to educationally malnourish some of the nation’s schoolchildren. Their PREPS framework shifts attention away from measuring students to measuring the commitment of policymakers and K-12 practitioners to expand public school students’ access to a certified and experienced teaching force, college-preparatory courses in math and science, and a fair shot at opportunity.
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Angry. Violent. Irresponsible. Thug. Gangster. Baby Daddy. Tired of seeing the same negative stereotypes of Black men in the media? We all are.
"No Country for Young Children"
Michael Moore recently tweeted there have been 61 mass killings in America (many on school campuses) since Columbine. The evidence is clear and compelling. Despite the national outcry and mourning we'll do as a result of the tragic massacre in Newtown, Conn, where 20 children and six adults were gunned down, sadly, in a few months America will continue, to paraphrase a popular Hollywood movie title, be "no country for young children."
That is, unless we do something drastically different.