Educating African American Students: Foundations, Curriculum, and Experiences

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Using a combination of case studies and research, the contributors of this timely book highlight some of the significant issues, historical, curricular, and societal, that have led to African American students having a proportionally larger representation in special education classes, higher drop-put rates, and more incidences of in-school, race-on-race violence. The contributors draw from critical pedagogy, multicultural education, and the Afrocentric canon to critique the American educational system. Educating African American Students examines historical issues that are significant for understanding the current state of affairs for African American education; addresses problems and issues in social studies education, mathematics education, and the overrepresentation of African American males in special education; and poignantly illuminates the necessity for renewed activism by telling the stories of African American children and their schooling experiences.
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Leontye Lewis
Educating African American Students couldn't be timelier. As we prepare students for success in the twenty-first century, the curriculum that we present must reflect the strengths and accomplishments of all groups. We must eradicate the achievement gap and to do so means to seriously consider the obstacles to achievement experienced by specific cultural groups and then to do all that is necessary to remove those obstacles.
Joseph A. Meyinsse
Educating African American Students illuminates for its readers some critical issues relating to the education of African American youth. This excellent book enlightens educators about the educational ills confronting African American students. It is a timely book that provokes a sense of urgency, compelling educators to examine why it is now time to move from "the Culture of Death to the Culture of Life." The book is a necessity for educators attempting to understand the complexity of African American education, because it lays a foundation for understanding the contemporary plight of African American students.
Rose Duhon-Sells
Clearly, this book represents a conceptual transformation in pedagogy for educating African American children who have been taught for too long by criteria in which they have had no voice. This powerful book acknowledges the uniqueness of African American children as well as issues specifically related to them. The book is creative and marks a great day for education and our children.
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Meet the Author

Abul Pitre is the former Carter G. Woodson Professor of education at Edinoboro University of Pennsylvania. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Fayetteville State University where he teaches doctoral courses in educational leadership. Esrom Pitre is an associate principal at Donaldsonville High School. His areas of research are African American males in special education and multicultural education with a focus on racial issues as it relates to African American students. Ruth Ray is the department chair at Louisiana State University, Shreveport where she teaches courses in Educational Leadership. Her major research interest is the impact of zero tolerance policy on African American students. Twana Hilton-Pitre is the director of field experiences at Louisiana State University, Shreveport. Her areas of expertise include counseling, multicultural education, and elementary education.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Culture of Death: The African American Child and Schooling Part 4 Foundations Chapter 5 A Historical Analysis of Black Education: The Impact of Desegregation on African Americans Chapter 6 The Context of African American Education Performance Chapter 7 African American Students Achieving Academic Success: The Need for Knowledge of Self Part 8 Curriculum Chapter 9 The Social Studies Curriculum and African American Students Chapter 10 Increasing the Level of Mathematics Achievement in African American Male Adolescents Chapter 11 Overrepresentation of African American Males in Special Education: An Examination of the Referral Process in the K-12 Public School Setting Part 12 Experiences: African American Students in School Chapter 13 African American Males in Urban Schools Chapter 14 The Experiences of African American Males in Special Education Chapter 15 The Challenge of Implementing Black History: Student Narratives of a Black History Program Chapter 16 The Conspicuously Unnoticed: High-Achieving African American Mathematics Students in Schools Deemed Academically Unacceptable Chapter 17 Counseling African American Girls in a White School Setting
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