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ERIC Number: EJ789093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0548-1457
Beyond "Commentaries of Despair:" Reengineering Pathways to Design in the Schooling of Black Men
Matthews, Lou Edward; Williams, Brian A.
Negro Educational Review, The, v58 n3-4 Fall-Win 2007
Ensuring that young Black men are afforded equal educational opportunities, access, and outcomes in education remains the most pressing challenge of modern schooling. Critical to overcoming this challenge is a focus on engineering pathways to design for school-based initiatives which draw more comprehensively from research and the prevailing negative public discourse. Utilizing a critical engineering lens, the authors examine how existing pathways to design limit the possibilities for young Black men in schools. Three propositions are offered as essential for design: (a) rejection of deficit language in public discourse; (b) establishment of critical orientations toward school and social barriers; and (c) acknowledgement of a culturally centered, multidimensional notion of masculinity. These propositions are discussed and a reengineered model for creating these experiences is proposed which may assist educators in developing relevant, successful school-based initiatives involving young Black men. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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