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ERIC Number: EJ985076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The Voices of Young Black Males
Sparrow, Tracey; Sparrow, Abby
Phi Delta Kappan, v93 n5 p42-47 Feb 2012
What do young black males say about what stands in the way of their academic success? Rather than rely on scholarly researchers to answer this question, the authors talked with a number of black males between ages 13 and 22 in Washington D.C., and Milwaukee, Wis., to learn what they had to say. These young men rarely talked about schools or teachers as the cause of the gap. Rather, they attributed it to cultural, family, and community factors. All of these young men want and understand the importance of a good education. They also talk about the importance of cohesive families, attentive parents, and positive male role models, as well as the dangers of the rap culture, poverty, and low expectations. These interviews do reveal that the young men interviewed are clear that the challenge of educating black males is much bigger than the schoolhouse.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Wisconsin