I just wrote an article about black boys failing school by grade four. Did that stir your emotions a bit? I am positive those disturbing facts did have an impact on you. Now, let us continue to learn more about this situation and some steps we can take to ameliorate the problem.
Did you know that less than 50 percent of black male students are completing high school in some cities? “A report from the Massachusetts-based Schott Foundation paints a bleak picture of how young black men fare in school: fewer than half graduate from high school. And in some states, like New York, the graduation rate is as low as one in four.”
Only 25 percent of the black males in New York actually graduate from high school!
Is it time to relocate to New Jersey? Seventy percent of black male students in New Jersey are obtaining their diplomas on time!
Education is KEY. “These boys are failing, but I believe that it is the responsibility of the adults around them to turn these trajectories around. All of us must ensure that we level the playing field for the hundreds of thousands of children who are at risk of continuing the cycle of generational poverty. The key to success is EDUCATION.”
How can we solve this problem?
- Parents and teachers have to make sure black boys can read at grade level before the third grade.
- Teachers and parents should offer black boys adequate and relevant learning materials.
- Teachers should constantly differentiate their daily lessons in order to reach all learners.
- Parents and teachers have to explain to black male students about the importance of an education and encourage them to be lifelong learners.
- Parents should spend time with their black sons at the library or use technology at home to complete schoolwork.
- Parents should constantly find time at home to educate their children (read, practice math, ask high-level thinking questions, write in journals, conduct science experiments, speak with sophisticated vocabulary words, etc.)
- Parents should partner with their sons’ teachers.
- Parents should perpetually reinforce excellence in their black sons.
- Parents should assist their black sons in mapping out their future aspirations.
- Black fathers must build a relationship with their sons.
- Parents and teachers must teach black boys about their culture and history.
- Black boys should be surrounded by positive role models.
- Parents should encourage their sons to have positive friendships and to respect females.
- Parents should maintain a secure home environment and monitor their children’s interaction to all types of media.
- Parents should teach their children about God’s love and establish Bible devotions.
- Parents should not be quick to place their black sons on medication or to test them for learning disabilities.
- Parents should fight for their black sons like how the radical slaves fought to be free!