Learning While Black: Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children

Learning While Black: Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children

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by Janice E. Hale
     
 

In Learning While Black Janice Hale argues that educators must look beyond the cliches of urban poverty and teacher training to explain the failures of public education with regard to black students. Why, Hale asks simply, are black students not being educated as well as white students?

Hale goes beyond finger pointing to search for solutions. Closing the

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In Learning While Black Janice Hale argues that educators must look beyond the cliches of urban poverty and teacher training to explain the failures of public education with regard to black students. Why, Hale asks simply, are black students not being educated as well as white students?

Hale goes beyond finger pointing to search for solutions. Closing the achievement gap of African American children, she writes, does not involve better teacher training or more parental involvement. The solution lies in the classroom, in the nature of the interaction between the teacher and the child. And the key, she argues, is the instructional vision and leadership provided by principals. To meet the needs of diverse learners, the school must become the heart and soul of a broad effort, the coordinator of tutoring and support services provided by churches, service clubs, fraternal organizations, parents, and concerned citizens. Calling for the creation of the "beloved community" envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hale outlines strategies for redefining the school as the Family, and the broader community as the Village, in which each child is too precious to be left behind.

"In this book, I am calling for the school to improve traditional instructional practices and create culturally salient instruction that connects African American children to academic achievement. The instruction should be so delightful that the children love coming to school and find learning to be fun and exciting."—Janice Hale

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801867767
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,360,534
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents:



Foreword by V. P. Franklin

Preface

Acknowledgments



PART I: Breaking the Silence

Chapter 1: Mastery and Excellence versus the Bell Curve

Chapter 2: Playing by the Rules

Chapter 3: African American Goals and Closed Doors

Chapter 4: Down the Up Escalator



PART II: Creating the Village

Chapter 5: Twenty-First-Century Education Project: Report and Recommendations

Chapter 6: A Model for Culturally Appropriate Pedagogy

Chapter 7: The Role of the African American Church in Creating the Village

Chapter 8: Where Do We Go from here?: A Call to Action



Appendix - The Church's Educational and Advocacy Mission with African American Children: Cognitive, Affective, and Religious Context

References

Index

Johns Hopkins University Press

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