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Only 47% of Black males graduate!

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2011

 The social net for high school dropouts is gone forever. When the manufacturing base in the U.S. was strong, a young man could drop out of high school and safely land at a factory with an $18 an hour job. Today, young African American males are dropping out of high school at the highest rate of any group with only a net of barbed wire to catch them.

 

According to Jawanza Kunjufu, national education consultant and author of the newly released Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate, ninth grade is the critical year for making the decision to physically drop out, but the seeds were planted much earlier and nurtured by academic failure.

 

The dropout rate for African American females is 41 percent, but for African American males it’s 53 percent. According to Education Week 26 (“Diplomas Count…”), each year, more than half of the 1.2 million students who fail to graduate from high school are Black and Latino. The Schott Foundation reports that 2,000 high schools in 20 cities are contributing to almost 80 percent of the dropout rate.  

 

The causes are many, but academic failure, social promotions, grade padding, poor teacher quality, low parental involvement, and post traumatic slavery disorder  lead the way, says Dr. Kunjufu.

 

Eighty-nine percent of African American eighth graders compute below grade level. Many of these students are socially promoted to ninth grade, despite the fact that they are not ready. In low-income high schools, half of African American students read below the sixth grade level. When these students find themselves in high school, unequipped to meet the rigors of algebra, biology, literature, and other first year subjects, they begin to seriously consider dropping out.

 

It is at this critical moment that Dr. Kunjufu seeks to save them.

 

For additional information on Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate contact 1-800-552-1991, Fax# (708) 672-0466, P.O. Box 1799, Chicago Heights, IL 60412, Website: Http://www.africanamericanimages.com, Email: customer@africanamericanimages.com.

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