ERIC Number: ED334296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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African American Males: Leaving the Nightmare.
The plight of African American males has become a problem of alarming proportions in the United States. This paper reports serious disadvantage and risk for this group in terms of education, employment, poverty levels, family disintegration, criminal status, health, and death rates. The paper contends that the crisis for African American males must be addressed and resolved by persons of African descent and sensitive educators. Among proposed educational solutions are all-male classes and Rites of Passage programs. The paper includes an introduction and four main sections. The first section, "The Horrible Statistics," presents data on the marked disparities between African American and European American male prospects for successful educational and life outcomes. The second section, "Why All-Male Classes?" presents arguments for separating African American male students in special classes in order to improve academic achievement and self-esteem. The third section, "Models," describes the following all-male programs: (1) African American Immersion schools (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); (2) Ujamaa Institute (New York, New York); (3) Project 2000 (Morgan State University, Maryland); and (4) Rites of Passage programs in various communities. The fourth section, "Doing the Right Thing," presents seven strategies for parents and community for supporting and encouraging African American males. A list of 25 references is appended. (AF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: African Americans; Rites of Passage
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on the Troubled Adolescent: A Nation's Concern and Its Response (Milwaukee, WI, April 9-11, 1991).