Black Boys Can Make It: How They Overcome the Obstacles to University in the UK and USA

Black Boys Can Make It: How They Overcome the Obstacles to University in the UK and USA

by Cheron Byfield


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Black Boys Can Make It: How They Overcome the Obstacles to University in the UK and USA by Cheron Byfield

This book dispels the myth that Black boys are synonymous with underachievement.

It demonstrates how many progress into higher education, albeit against the odds, and offers solutions for policy and practice. There is a plethora of research focusing on the underachievement of Black boys. But little attention has been given to their positive achievement until this author’s research on both sides of the Atlantic. .

The book follows black male students in the USA and UK who have successfully accessed higher education— at both elite universities (Harvard and Oxford) and less selective institutions. It sets out to establish the extent to which they have been exposed to the factors known to correlate with the underachievement of Black male youths, and to identify the factors that have led to their educational success and influenced their access to, and choice of universities.

Part One sets the educational scene in each country. Part Two looks at the obstacles the students encountered, covering social class; parental social capital; racism and racial identity; and addressing the boys’ own negative attitudes and behavior. Part Three unravels the factors leading to success, devoting attention to parental roles; positive encounters with schools, teachers and community; the influence of church; and the students’ personal qualities and navigational smarts. Part Four reviews the boys’ processes of choice and application to university and concludes with implications for educational policy and practice.

Here is a book that can be used both as guide to policy development, and as a practical tool for use by parents, teachers and Black boys themselves to help gain access to higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781858564319
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/28/2008
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Cheron Byfield is co-founder, Chair and Chief Executive of the National Black Boys Can Association, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Foreword by Lord Herman Ouseley; Preface PART 1: SETTING THE SCENE 1) Introduction; PART 2: OBSTACLES OVERCOME 2) The lens of social class; 3) The parents' involvement; 4) Racism and racial identity; 5) Boys with attitude; PART 3 UNRAVELLING THE FACTORS THAT GENERATE SUCCESS 6) How parents steer their sons towards educational success; 7) Teachers in schools and community projects; 8) Religion and its effect; 9) Personal qualities and navigational smarts; dPART 4: PROGRESSING INTO HIGHER EDUCATION 10) Going to University; PART 5: CONCLUSION 11) Implications for policy and practice; Appendix; Bibliography; Index

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