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The minute they see me, fear meSoon after I began fieldwork at Rosa Parks Elementary School, one of the adults, an African American man, pointed to a black boy who walked by us in the hallway. "That one has a jail-cell with his name on it," he told me. We were looking at a ten-year-old, barely four feet tall, whose frail body was shrouded in baggy pants and a hooded sweatshirt. The boy, Lamar, passed with the careful tread of someone who was in no hurry to get where he was going. He was on his way to the Punishing Room of the school. As he glanced quickly toward and then away from us, the image of the figure of Tupac Shakur on the poster advertising the movie Juice flashed into my mind. I suppose it was the combination of the hooded sweatshirt, the guarded expression in his eyes, and what my companion had just said that reminded me of the face on the film poster that stared at me from billboards and sidings all over town.
I'm the epitome--a public enemy
Used, abused, without clues
I refused to blow a fuse
They even had it on the news
Don't believe the hype
Don't believe the hype.
--public enemy, "don't believe the hype"
Excerpted from Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity by Ann Arnett Ferguson Copyright © 2000 by Ann Arnett Ferguson. Excerpted by permission.
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|Chapter 1||Don't believe the hype||1|
|Field note: A Field Trip||24|
|Chapter 2||The punishing room||29|
|Field note: First Impressions||45|
|Chapter 3||School rules||49|
|Field note: Self-Description||74|
|Chapter 4||Naughty by nature||77|
|A shift in perspective||97|
|Chapter 5||The real world||101|
|Field note: Mothering||134|
|Chapter 6||Getting in trouble||163|
|Field note: ODD Symptoms||195|
|Chapter 7||Unreasonable circumstances||197|
|Field note: Promotion Exercises||225|
Posted May 16, 2004
This book is a true representation of education in urban schools. Deep realities about our society as a whole are revealed. As an educator I find myself rethinking some of my practices.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2009
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