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In a collaborative effort with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Howard University Professor Ivory Toldson and University of North Carolina Professor Chance W. Lewis aims to dispel the notion that African-American boys are underrepresented in institutions of higher learning. In the report, “Challenging the Status Quo”, it states that black males make up 5.5 percent of all college students age 18 and over, which is proportional to the adult black male population in the United States.

The report shows that the barriers that young black men face began way before even entering college. The lack of resources, such as advanced prep classes as well as new teachers entering the field of education, are all issues many students face in public middle and high schools. Also, black male students are also more likely to get suspended. The report show that 59 percent of black males reported they had been suspended or expelled from school, compared to 42 percent of Latino males, and 26 percent of white males.

“The idea that black males are completely disaffected and beyond any reasonable efforts to remediate is an attitude that we frequently encounter when we train school leaders and educational administrators,” argued the authors. “The cynicism and apathy among people who work with black boys are far more threatening to our future than the black male issues so ominously dramatized in the media.”

Although many black males can get into college, graduation is another issue. Only 16 percent of black men have obtained a college degree, compared to 20 percent of black women. The report not only broke down the statistics behind the education received by these students, but also offered solutions that could lead to the goal of increasing the graduation rates of black men by 2020:

  • Provide mentorship and internship for first-generation students.
  • Ensure that all high schools have a college-prep curriculum.
  • Sponsor college tours.
  • Support college programs for black young men.
  • Advocate for Pell Grants and need-based funding for college students.

In challenging the idea that young black men don’t value an education, or don’t graduate from college, the researchers hope to deflate pre-existing stereotypes by 2020. Unlike the gang members mentioned in yesterday’s posts, there are black men who take their education seriously and those who try to make a difference in their everyday lives.

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  • Val

    Wow, these comments. If divide and conquer has been the strategy used by others to keep us from competing in the world, it seems to be working, we certainly seem divided.

  • Chillyroad

    @Ravi

    SOmething had to be done to address the oppressive nature and inherent misogyny of maths and sciences.

  • Chillyroad

    @Chrissy

    In the old school, men had far more power and control in the family. Please go back and read the comments on articles talking Usher and Dwayne Wade having custody of their sons. Some of the women at this site were insulted that these two black men would dare raise their own male children.

  • paul

    Unlike the gang members mentioned in yesterday’s posts, there are black men who take their education seriously and those who try to make a difference in their everyday lives.

    Really?

    I may be a lil rusty on my black american history but aren’t the Bloods & CRIPS offshoots of the Black Panther Party?

    CRIPS stands for Community Resources for Independent People.

    Interestingly enough the Crips were formed by a black school boy named Raymond Washington, to organise his community to defend itself against police violence.

    Seems that this particular “Ray Ray” had the kind of leadership ability and intelligence that is all too rare among black american men today, especially the so called educated ones..

    This kid was a gifted military leader and political strategist.

    Always wondered why these uncle tom yankies use “Ray Ray” as a pejortive noun.

    Now I know.

    Stinking sell outs are s hitting on the name of a TRUE black man who puts them to shame.

    bout take their education seriously . . .

    and do what with it exactly – fight their own women over foolishness, like the limping jester with his phoney statistics above. ^^

    Don’t get it twisted, the transformation of the GANG from the revolutionary force it was to the depoliticized and often predatory entity it is today, was achieved the same way america (the world’s most destructive gang bangers) takes over other people’s countries.

    Arm the more corruptible elements to wage war against their own people on your behalf. Throw drugs into the mix and have your prisons built and ready receive the casualties.

    Funny how these educated nigros take their education so “seriously” that they never know anything that might shed light on s hit. Maybe they work for somebody . . .

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    With all that said I’d still advise young black men to get some kind of formal schooling. The Three Rs (reading writing and arithmetic) are a must. you need reading and writing skills to get a job or to run a hustle, whether you’re a gang leader, gang soldier or the cook at Mc’ds.

    Yeh – get some classroom schooling but know that school just schools you – it doesn’t educate you.

    Your education begins when you’ve completed your schooling.
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    bout take their education seriously . . .

    pfft

    now that’s text book irony . . an uneducated fool deigning to ascribe a virtue to others that is glaringly absent in herself.

    LMAO!

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