ERIC Number: ED452315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Racial and Cultural Issues Related to Comprehensive School Reform: The Case of African American Males.
Jordan, Will J.; Cooper, Robert
This paper explores the complexities of educational and social conditions encountered by black males, examining the possibilities and limits of comprehensive high school reform strategies in overcoming the negative effects of barriers such as concentrated poverty and ineffective public schools for black adolescents. The paper discusses: the disproportionate numbers of black male students placed at risk of school failure and diminishing life chances; trends in comprehensive high school reform; principles of high school reform; the role of comprehensive school reform in rescuing black males; the need for black male teachers to educate black male students; teacher-student cultural congruence; interpersonal teacher-student relations; and the importance of appropriate staffing for educational reform. The paper notes the importance of simultaneously strengthening the communities within which schools are located and working to reform the schools. It explains that the missing components of comprehensive school reform are lack of attention to the cultural uniqueness of black boys and paucity of black male teachers. It recommends that future research and policy should involve incorporating the recruitment of black male teachers into the development of comprehensive school reform initiatives, particularly at critical transition points of schooling. (Contains 50 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A