Black Students. Middle Class Teachers. available in Paperback
This compelling look at the relationship between the majority of African American students and their teachers provides answers and solutions to the hard-hitting questions facing education in today's black and mixed-race communities. Are teachers prepared by their college education departments to teach African American children? Are schools designed for middle-class children and, if so, what are the implications for the 50 percent of African Americans who live below the poverty line? Is the major issue between teachers and students class or racial difference? Why do some of the lowest test scores come from classrooms where black educators are teaching black students? How can parents negotiate with schools to prevent having their children placed in special education programs? Also included are teaching techniques and a list of exemplary schools that are successfully educating African Americans.
Author Biography: Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is the author of State of Emergency: We Must Save African American Men, Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, and Satan, I'm Taking Back my Health. He lives in Chicago.
|Publisher:||African American Images|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.36(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am currently reading, Black Students, Middle Class Teachers. At first I had a lot of personal troubles with Mr. Kunjufu's points in the early chapters of this book. At one point I had to set the book down and take a break, mostly because I felt like he was making a lot of excuses. After a few days of talking with peers at the high school I work in, I was able to get a better understanding of what Mr. Kunjufu was saying to his readers. I have come to realize what I need to do as an educator of African American students. I credit Mr. Kunjufu in helping me to realize my own short comings as a middle class educator. Later today I will be picking up another book that I believe is titled Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education, which is also by Mr. Kunjufu.
This is a very informative and helpful book. I have learned a lot and seriously recommend that everyone read it!
I was very impressed with this book. I am a single African American parent and I'm constantly looking for information to help my child succeed in school. This book gives me a clear perspective from a educators point of view.