Edmin, C. (2012). How to Reach–and Teach–Black Males. Educational Horizons,91(1), 22.
Plenty of reports and research have documented the achievement gap between black males and other students. But few have acknowledged that current structures and practices have contributed to that gap. To address the low achievement of black males, schools must be willing to accept that there are ways of looking at the world, modes of communication, and approaches to teaching and learning that are unique to black males. At the same time, educators must also acknowledge that these unique ways of being are just as complex as those of other students. The tie that binds all students is the desire to be academically successful. Too often, educators are afraid to acknowledge that differences exist between black males and others. However, once difference is fully acknowledged, educators can equip themselves with tools that can be used to encourage black males to become more interested and effective learners. In this article, the author discusses five tools and how to use them to engage the black male students in the classroom and start to close the achievement gap.
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