Fewer Than Half of Black Males Graduate From High School

Fewer Than Half of Black Males Graduate From High School

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“…the rate at which Black males are being pushed out of school and into the pipeline to prison far exceeds the rate at which they are graduating…”

Fewer than half of all Black males nationwide graduate from high school according to a new report which paints a grim picture of the current state of education for African-American males.

The findings are part of The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education.

According to the report, only 47 percent of Black males graduated from high school in the 2007-2008 school year, compared to 78 percent for White males. While the disparity is alarming, the authors of the report said they believe it’s not due to the ability of Black males intellectual abilities.

“It indicates that systemic disparities evident by race, social class, or zip code are influenced more by the social policies and practices that WE put in place to distribute educational opportunities and resources and less by the abilities of Black males,” John H. Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation, wrote in the report. “Currently, the rate at which Black males are being pushed out of school and into the pipeline to prison far exceeds the rate at which they are graduating and reaching high levels of academic achievement.”

Nationally, the five worst performing states are New York, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana and Nebraska. Florida has four of the 10 lowest performing districts nationally and New York has two, including New York City and Buffalo.

Locally, Baltimore city has a graduation rate of 35 percent, Washington, D.C. lists a rate of 41 percent, Prince George’s County has a rate of 55 percent, and Baltimore County has a rate of 67 percent.

Many local educators have taken notice of the trend. Rodney Henderson, principal of Possibility Prep, a new public charter school in Prince George’s County, said that America must look at how it reaches Black males in the classroom.

“Right now there’s a need for a different approach with our African-American men,” said Henderson,.. “We know that right now young men are lagging behind in achievement in comparison to young women. The gap is even larger when you add race into the equation.”

Henderson said that at his school the goal “to eliminate those achievement gaps so that one of our highest functioning target populations is African-American males instead of being the group that lags behind.”

The Schott Foundation for Public Education was founded in 1991 by Lilo Leeds and Greg Jobin-Leeds. The foundation’s mission is to achieve fully resourced pre-K-12 public education.



Posted Aug 24 2010

This article cites the many legitimate concerns about educational discrimination and equity for black students.

However, it completely ignores the fact that students drop out on their own, voluntarily.

Thees kids know there's nothing out there for them in terms of a decent paying job. Or do they think that $7 at McDonals is going to get them into an apartment and pay for a family later? So why drop out? Why not at least try switching to a new school if the first high school is bad?

Also I'd like to see explored the terrible self-defeating attitude that it's a "white thing" to be interested in school lessons and get good grades in school. Why are some such, positive things seen as so "uncool" and betraying the group?

--jerseycityjoan, August 24, 2010


Posted Sep 1 2010

The White Man is keeping thems downs !


Posted Mar 14 2011

I am an African-American educator. i teach in a public school in Detroit. Black males would rather fight, use profanity, degrade women and hang out in the hallways than educate themselves. White America has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the attitude of my people. How long can we continue to blame the system for our inadequacies? I have students that sit in the classroom and do absolutely nothing--day in and day out. If you reprimand or encourage them, they are not receptive, only defiant. There is nothing wrong with the system. There is something wrong with the black male mentality.

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