This volume examines special issues associated with providing services and guidance to African American men. Although this group of men is like any other in its struggle with its social and economic problems, African American men experience a higher rate of murder, imprisonment, unemployment and racism. The contributors to this book provide a broad, interdisciplinary view of the possible solutions to the different problems facing African American men.
Chapter 11: Getting African American Male Students on Track
Getting African American Male Students on Track
In U.S. society, education is essential to upward mobility. Education is also power. When any group in this society, for whatever reasons, fails to benefit from educational opportunities, a crisis results. It seems reasonable to posit that a crisis exists in the education of African American males. Wright (1991–1992) stated,
We often read about well-heeled individuals who lead groups of influential citizens on quests to save the manatee, crocodile, bald eagle, the Everglades, Grand Canyon, alligators, whales, the petrified forest, the Sequoia trees, [yet] no visible group seems to be interested in expending any energy to save the African American male. (p. 14)
Regardless of the index used, demographic data indicate that African American ...