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ERIC Number: EJ1194409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1946-7109
The 'Imaginary Existence' of Black Male Students
Jordan, Valin S.
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v15 n1 Sum 2018
This paper uses Crystal Laura's "Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison-Pipeline" as the central text for exploring a term I refer to as "imaginary existence." The "imaginary existence" confines Black boys and other students of color to a particular narrative that prevents teachers from being able to teach with love and continues to set up schools as sites of exclusion. This paper concludes with a call to teacher education to improve pre-service teacher training in order to begin shifting the narrative of Black boys as bad.
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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