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How do we fix the leaky educational pipeline into a conduit of success for Black males?

That the issue is critical is demonstrated by the statistics that only 10% of Black males in the United States are proficient in 8th grade reading, only 52% graduate from high school within four years, and only 35 percent graduate from college.

This book uniquely examines the trajectory of Black males through the educational pipeline from pre-school through college. In doing so it not only contributes significantly to the scholarship on the experiences of this population, but bridges the gap between theory and practice to provide frameworks and models that will improve these young men’s educational outcomes throughout their educational journeys.

A compelling feature of the book is that that it does not treat Black males as homogeneous, but recognizes the diversity that exists among Black males in various educational settings. It demonstrates the need to recognize students’ intersectionalities and individual characteristics as an essential preliminary to developing practices to improve outcomes at every educational stage.

Throughout, the contributing authors also focus on the strategies and experiences of Black males who achieve academic excellence, examining growth-producing and asset-based practices that can be sustained, and that build upon the recognition that these males have agency and possess qualities such as resilience that are essential to their learning and development.

The frameworks and models that conclude each chapter are equally commendable to K–12 educators and administrators; higher education faculty, student affairs practitioners, and administrators; and policymakers, for whom templates are provided for rectifying the continuing inequities of our educational system.

“Collectively, the chapters in the book serve as a much needed and important resource on how to advance the success of Black males in education. Indeed, this book is a must read, and more work of this nature is needed to have a meaningful impact on Black males as they matriculate through various educational contexts.” (Robert T. Palmer, Department of Student Affairs Administration)“Like our school leaders and teachers, the researchers whose work is presented here have chosen to focus their energies not on an autopsy of a failed system, but rather on a close examination―and celebration―of what works for African-American boys. The promising research and practical examples of strategies proven to drive success for African-American boys should help re-frame our conversations about failure and achievement for years to come. This vein of research will provide critical advancement of our ability to design effective interventions that will lead even greater numbers of African-American boys to academic success.” (Tim King, Founder & CEO) Fred A. Bonner II is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Dr. Bonner’s research and scholarly interests are in the areas of academically gifted collegiate African-American males, minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), diversity in student affairs and the mission of the Historically Black College and University. He has authored the book Academically Gifted African American Male College Students and edited the recently released Diverse Millennial Students in College: Implications for Faculty and Student Affairs. He also was a co-author of the best selling book titled How Minority Students Experience College: Implications for Planning and Policy. In 2009, Bonner was the recipient of a one million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) focusing on academically gifted students in Historically Black College and University STEM programs.

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  • PDF | 252 pages
  • Stylus Publishing (June 5, 2014)
  • English
  • 6
  • Education & Teaching

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  • By Paul Eaton on September 22, 2014

    I believe this is an important book. It adds critical perspectives and frameworks to the discussion of educating African American men by changing the grand narrative away from a deficit based approach to one focused on resilience and success. Many of the books contributors provide important insights into questions ranging from working with parents to addressing social issues such as racism and homophobia. Great book!

  • By Anthony Nicotera on June 12, 2014

    This book addresses a critical issue in contemporary American education. It is a powerful collection of essays important for educators and policymakers alike. Read it, and together, as a society, let's get busy honestly addressing, and providing real solutions for, continuing inequities for black males in our educational system. I hope foundation leadership who recently released the report, A Time for Action: Mobilizing Philanthropic Support for Boys and Young Men of Color, will take note of Dr. Bonner's work and this book. It provides practical frameworks for success. As someone who has worked with low-income black males in Chicago, Detroit, Camden and Newark, NJ, we must, with Dr. Bonner, "focus on the strategies and experiences of Black males who achieve academic excellence," and examine "growth-producing and asset-based practices that can be sustained."


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