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ERIC Number: ED378022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Personal Perspective.
Parker, Lee
The manager of a London youth center presents a personal perspective on some of the difficulties that exist for young people in today's society, particularly those faced by young Black males. Following the sudden death of his mother and teenage years dominated by the values of the street, he took control of his life by seeking knowledge and qualifications that would create new personal opportunities. In his work with young people, he seeks to be a role model and to extend a small ray of hope to others in the Black community. Some of the difficulties facing young people, particularly Black males, are: (1) early labeling due to racial or ethnic differences, leading to teacher expectations of low achievement; (2) few opportunities for unqualified young people, particularly if they are Black, and a struggle against bias even for qualified Black people; (3) stereotypes of the young Black male, such as the irresponsible unmarried father; (4) the role of the Black male in the family; (5) peer group pressures to achieve material success through crime; (6) mass media influence and the desire for immediate gratification of all desires; (7) racial harassment by police; (8) lack of positive community commitment to its youth; (9) contradictions between what is taught in school and what is happening on the streets; and (10) drug-related violence. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)