The Challenges Of Black Male Students In The School System

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In this article, it discussed the challenges black young male students have in the school system. The article talked about how black male students seemed to enter secondary school way under the benchmark for their grade level. How they are more likely to be suspended and or expelled, and how they are less successful than students of other races. What stuck out to me were the graduation rates presented at the beginning of the article. It said that the U.S graduation rates for young black males is 47 percent compared to the 57 percent for Latinos and the 75 percent for white male students. And in large urban areas such as Detroit or New York City, it seems the graduation rate for the young black men range from 20 t0 30 percent. The issue itself …show more content…
It did the exact opposite. In the program it allowed the young men of the school, not just African American, to be exposed to a different environment for a day. On Mondays, it was Power Monday; this was a day for students to come to school and business attire. The principal who started this program wanted the children to do this so they could feel professional. On top of feeling professional they had lectures for the young men that ranged from many topics. They did this to make sure they helped with the growth of the young black male students development and entrepreneurship and many other factors of life. The students presented no challenges to the educators through this program. The students really enjoyed being apart of something that made them feel important. The educators, in fact, helped them a lot, not all educators had to be involved, but most were. They speakers brought in to speak to the young men were not all facility. It is said that most of the stronger speakers were custodial or security guards. The program brought in recently released convicts and also successful black men so there could be a variety of stories presented to the young men. They want to empower the young men to show them that it doesn’t have to end before it begins. The young men love this program and through this program, they begin to become more motivated and strive to be the best they can …show more content…
It has taught the young black males to think and begin to mature. Aspects of Power Monday meetings were having the males address and elaborate on topics and questions from the lectures they attended. This helps them with their public speaking and being able to think on their feet. This program also allowed the students to become role models themselves. A small group of 25 of the older students would be taken to elementary and middle schools from time to time. In doing this the older students were able to motivate and become role models to the younger student. After these meetings the younger students then wanted to attend the same high school the males that came to speak to them went to. Also the black men start to conduct themselves differently. Fewer of them get sent to the office and the black males have begun to have a heightened sense of purpose. Not only did the students improve, but the achievements that needed to be met for the school itself had improved, thus gaining the school national

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