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ERIC Number: EJ793901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Something Every Teacher and Counselor Needs to Know about African-American Children
Davis, Patrick E.
Multicultural Education, v15 n3 p30-34 Spr 2007
African-American student academic performance, as a group, in most educational settings causes alarm to educators, policymakers, and laypeople, alike. Some suggest that the problems associated with the academic under-achievement of many African-American students are perhaps the most pressing issues facing both educators and researchers. Much research has ensued designed to understand and intervene in the academic challenges of many African-American children. However, despite decades of discussion and governmental intervention, the academic achievement gap persists. It appears that most educators are far too ignorant as it pertains to the nature of the problem and how to meaningfully intervene therein. What teachers need to know is that the African-American historical culture--the culture that continues to influence African-American thought and behavior--has characteristics that encourage African Americans to resist the American educational process. Further yet, the African-American culture that was founded during the American slavery of the African caused the African American to believe in his/her inherent intellectual inferiority--which exacerbates and perpetuates the obstinate, unforgiving, academic achievement gap. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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