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Failing Black Boys

By on July 22, 2013

Should President Barack Obama personally take an interest in the state of black boys and black men in the USA?

A new report about our American education system reveals that black males are doing absolutely horribly by nearly every measure. Oh, you knew that already? No, we mean worse than was already thought. Yes, it’s that bad.

Among the findings of the new report from the Council of the Great City Schools, as summarized in the NYT:

  • “Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys.”
  • Only 5% of college students in 2008 were black men. At the same time, black men  were incarcerated more than any other demographic group—at 6.5 times the rate of white males.

What if this was a dire issue for white boys and girls? Do you think our collective response would be different? Would this story have “legs” as they say in the media? What would it take to American leaders behind a meaningful yet radical change to address this mess?


  1. Leslie

    August 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Yet another article which I would like to share on my pages and website. This is serious business. I really believe that education starts at home but it does not mean that as a community of tax payers that we cannot ask for better results. We each have to do our part in the education of children in our community and we each have to take the tasks very serious. Its not always easy but it must be done. But we must start somewhere. First at home then extended family, then neighborhood, then county, then state and so on. This is one of the issues we have to stand together in order for the people who we pay our taxes to, to listen.

  2. Noel Matthews

    July 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    We need to make education AND health a priority.

  3. Noel Matthews

    July 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    We need to do more.

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