Educating Our Black Children: New Directions and Radical Approaches / Edition 1

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"It is well established that many young black pupils are being excluded from mainstream education. Although social exclusion is a major issue in the government's education policy, recent initiatives and programmes have been criticised for being colour-blind and failing to place targets on areas such as black exclusions. This book goes beyond traditional research and policy analysis by providing actual approaches and programmes. This collection of essays from distinguished UK and US contributors focuses on positive social inclusion policy and practice. Themes covered include: mentoring schemes and how to evaluate mentoring; masculine identity; rites of passage programmes and manhood training; black supplementary schools; and African-centred knowledge systems." Comparing UK and US initiatives, the contributors move the debate forward by providing original and creative approaches to issues in black education, laying the framework for new policies and practices. Educating Our Black Children will be an invaluable read for students studying education, social work, psychology and sociology as well as policy makers, academics, practitioners and headteachers/principals.
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'This book represents an excellent analysis of the negative results that colour-blind policies bring and it can be seen as an opportunity to learn from successful policies and practices ... The book is of paramount importance for all those interested in education in general and for those who seek to understand the genesis and consequences, the how and the why of the huge underachievement and the exclusion of ethnic minorities, mostly black males.' - Intercultural Education
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750709644
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Studies in Inclusive Education Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Introduction 1
Pt. I Tackling historical and contemporary education problems 11
1 Racism, policy and the (mis)education of black children 13
2 The education of Black children: why do some schools do better than others? 28
3 Academic disidentification: unravelling under achievement among Black boys 45
Pt. II Radical Black approaches to education 59
4 The 'miseducation' of Black children in the British educational system - towards an African-centred orientation to knowledge 61
5 Lessons from America: the African American Immersion Schools experiment 79
6 Black supplementary schools: spaces of radical blackness 90
Pt. III Reflections on social exclusion and inclusion 103
7 The exclusion of Black children: implications for a racialised perspective 105
8 Educational psychologists and Black exclusion: towards a framework for effective intervention 110
9 Black exclusions in a moral vacuum 128
Pt. IV Rites of passage, manhood training and masculinity perspectives 139
10 Enhancing achievement in adolescent Black males: the Rites of Passage link 141
11 An after-school manhood development program 157
12 Black boys at school: negotiating masculinities and race 169
13 Black boys and schooling: an intervention framework for understanding the dilemmas of masculinity, identity and underachievement 183
Pt. V Mentoring and education 203
14 Mentoring Black males: responding to the crisis in education and social alienation 205
15 School based mentoring for minority youth: program components and evaluation strategies 214
List of contributors 258
Index 264
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