ERIC Number: ED347260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Making Public Education Work for Black Males.
Wheelan, Belle S.
National data show that, while more money is being spent on education and legislation has been written to guarantee equal access to the educational process, the nation is still losing black males to crime and joblessness. Teachers must have high expectations for young black males, and they must avoid the labeling and stereotyping that make these young men think they have no place in the academic world. The traditional models of education in the United States seem to be very inefficient with black male children. Afrocentric curricula designed to broaden traditional curricula may be more effective. An Afrocentric curriculum can be developed so as to legitimize and explore African American culture while teaching about European and other cultures. Several alternative approaches have been suggested to make schools more effective for young African American males. Among them is the idea of single sex elementary schools for boys. The first Virginia African American Summit of civic, religious, professional, and political leaders put together a five-point plan to focus on the needs of African American children. A further effort is the planned First Annual Black Male Development Conference. Such initiatives help empower the black parent to take responsibility for shaping the educational system. There is a 56-item list of references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Afrocentrism, Black Culture, Black Students, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Males, Needs Assessment, Parent Participation, Public Education, Single Sex Schools, Special Needs Students, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper prepared for the National Conference on Preventing and Treating Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, HIV Infection, and AIDS in the Black Community (2nd).