Making Schools More Effective for (Black) Boys

There's a small but growing move among some educators to recognize and focus on the persistently lower achievement and school completion rates of boys: WASL scores show wide gender gap Seattle News Tribune, Where are the boys? Detroit News, Disappearing Act Washington Post, The Trouble with Black Boys (Pedro Noguera).

Are schools hostile or at least poortly designed for boys -- black boys in particular?

While controversial in some quarters, especially among those concerned about stigmatizing or separating out minority males, these efforts include introducing literature that's more appealing to boys and even bringing in black fraternaties to help support the efforts of younger students: Black Fraternity Looks to Boost Graduation Rates (NPR). Saving Black Boys. Rosa A. Smith TAP.


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