In connection with my employment, I recently had an opportunity to read something that was written by a 22-year-old black male. The document was riddled with misspellings and syntax errors. We, as a society, should be so concerned about the state of black males and certainly a pivotal aspect of where we are is directly correlated to education.
So I thought to myself that a great post would be to offer a few straightforward and succinct thoughts about the education of African-American males:
1. There has to be an acknowledgment and acceptance of the fact that the current state of the educational landscape for African-American males is dismal.
2. This frank and sincere acknowledgment is the only way that the process of remedial work can ever begin earnestly.
3. Our society must take the fatherlessness epidemic in all of its facets seriously, with every able-bodied mentor, coach, stepfather, uncle, neighbor, or other type of male role model accepting the fact that they must work overtime because the need is so great. A comprehensive reunification plan and programming must be developed, designed for boys to reconnect with their actual biological fathers.
4. The current value system that creates perverted senses of masculinity and emphasizes athletes and rappers has to be turned upside down, so that value is redirected to where it should be education, training, spirituality, and a sound moral compass.
5. An effort has to be made to diagnose the underlying issues that account for so much of the dysfunctional behavior (e.g. bipolarism, alcohol fetal syndrome, crack fetal syndrome, malnutrition, poor nutrition, attention deficit disorder, etc.) and then provide the proper medical and therapeutic assistance to youngsters who are diagnosed.
6. Creative curriculum has to be developed that takes into account the unusual characteristics of the phenomena known as educating African-American males.
7. Different versions of success have to be brought to the forefront and the attention of African-American young men so that they can meet, touch, and interact with, doctors, judges, business people, simple hard-working men, from all walks of life, all of whom have achieved success in their own right so that these types of examples of success begin to actually look like them.
8. Respect for things that are good has to be restored: older and wiser people, patience, spirituality, socially acceptable behavior, common decency, respect for woman and the list goes on and on…..
Right now, I just can’t get that 22-year-old to write it!
Read, learn, and share…..Have a Family Meeting!
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