Friday, May 07, 2010

Education and black men

African American men commenting on education and its importance to all of our communities and our future.

Teach for America provides the platform for this important conversation.

My friend, Rev. Gerald Britt asks the important question of us all, "Are you willing to invest in the education of my children so that they can grow up and compete on an even playing field with your children?" 

Possibly that is the fundamental question. 

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Those living in the schoold district, who are real property owners are responsible for paying taxes that support the public school system. Its ridiculuous to support more taxes to support style over substance. Education, including moral responsibility, should begin in the home.

Private schooling that also enforces moral responsibility is by far a better choice.

Dr. Rodney N. Trice said...

Successfully educating African American males is ground in two facts: (1) schools must ensure they are well connected to a positive educational experience and (2) African American males must be held to the highest academic standards.

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Beyond The Political Spectrum said...

I have worked with teenagers in education in some form and/or capacity for the last 10 + years; as a GED Instructor, as a long-term substitute teacher, and currently as a counselor/instructor at an outdoors youth camp for at-risk teens and I have continually come to the same conclusion after each experience. Young black men today are born (many under questionably circumstances) but they are not raised. Combine the corrupted norm of young mothers with no experience raising these black males with a corrupted culture of music videos with increasingly negative imagery (especially the CURRENT trends in rap music), the distractions of video games, the internet, and cellphone, and you have a new generation of young black males who, for the most part are simply not teachable--unless we make teaching a priority.