Education Of Black Boys Essay

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The education system has always been a driver of social policies. Its primary purpose is to develop each individual passing through the system to their fullest potential, imparting the knowledge of social norms and values as well as preparing a work force that is able to contribute to the economy. In recent years we have seen the education system dealing with much more than education and social norms. For some time now the extent to which the education system is failing black boys has been a topic of debate in various government departments and the media. It was shown in a parliamentary documentation that 44.9% of black Caribbean pupils achieve A*-C Grade’s in comparison to the national figure of 57.3%. This finding remains consistent. The revelations of this finding will come as no surprise to many, but the surprise maybe the knock on effect of low attainment, lack of motivation and other environmental factors, such as money, designer cloths and an overall better standard of living has had an impact on the lives of young people. Consequently, this raise the question of “are black boys choosing to decline education for instant gratification”? It may be the case that the above mentioned …show more content…
In looking at young offenders’ guns and gangs, it is important to address education or the lack thereof and the incidence of crime. One will acknowledge that bad behaviour and violence in school is totally unacceptable and as such it is often dealt by way of exclusion either permanent or temporary. However, in reality, this exclusion may have an impact that goes far beyond the school gates affecting the local communities, local businesses, victims of crime and social services etc. Gilbert son (cited Donovan et al.) highlighted that in 1996 an audit commission found “42% of offenders of school age who are sentenced in the youth court had been excluded from school”. Further, to this, it was argued

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