ERIC Number: ED346184
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
African-American Males: Education or Incarceration.
Green, Robert L.
This paper analyzes the relationship between levels of educational attainment and outcomes for African American males, in particular the likelihood of conflict with the criminal justice system. The analysis begins with a look at society's belief system and political and economic forces, and argues that these have combined to promote failure among African American children. The analysis goes on to look at the importance of black family life and the effect of changes in federal funding policies on the decay of black families. A following section looks at alternative and supplementary education approaches from immersion schools to Afrocentric curricula to "rites of passage" programs. A section on educational change calls for teaching African history, other reforms for the educational system, and the increased involvement of middle income, educated African Americans in assisting the achievement of black children. The second half of the paper looks at the incarceration of black male youth, from current injustices and problems with the criminal justice system to the relationship between drugs and criminal activity. A concluding section summarizes the preceding sections and suggests some directions for change. Included are 75 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Black Education, Black Students, Black Youth, Correctional Rehabilitation, Disadvantaged Youth, Drug Abuse, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Attainment, Educational Change, Juvenile Justice, Males, Nontraditional Education, Outcomes of Education, Racial Discrimination
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: N/A