The Trouble With Black Boys ...And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-06-09
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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For many years to come, race will continue to be a source of controversy and conflict in American society. For many of us it will continue to shape where we live, pray, go to school, and socialize. We cannot simply wish away the existence of race or racism, but we can take steps to lessen the ways in which the categories trap and confine us. Educators, who should be committed to helping young people realize their intellectual potential as they make their way toward adulthood, have a responsibility to help them find ways to expand identities related to race so that they can experience the fullest possibility of all that they may become. In this brutally honest-yet ultimately hopeful- book Pedro Noguera examines the many facets of race in schools and society and reveals what it will take to improve outcomes for all students. From achievement gaps to immigration, Noguera offers a rich and compelling picture of a complex issue that affects all of us.

Author Biography

Pedro A. Noguera is a professor at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). Noguera received the 2008 Race and Gender Equity Award from the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

Table of Contents

The Authorp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Student Experiencep. 1
Joaquin's Dilemma: Understanding the Link Between Racial Identity and School-Related Behaviorsp. 3
The Trouble with Black Boys: The Impact of Social and Cultural Forces on the Academic Achievement of African American Malesp. 17
And What Will Become of Children Like Miguel Fernández?/Y Qué Pasará Con Jóvenes Como Miguel Fernández? Education, Immigration, and the Future of Latinos in the United Statesp. 43
How Listening to Students Can Help Schools to Improvep. 61
The Search for Equityp. 73
Latino Youth: Immigration, Education, and the Futurep. 75
Preventing and Producing Violence: A Critical Analysis of Responses to School Violencep. 83
Schools, Prisons, and Social Implications of Punishment: Rethinking Disciplinary Practicesp. 111
Racial Politics and the Elusive Quest for Excellence and Equity in Educationp. 131
The Schools We Needp. 159
Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education With Alan Blanksteinp. 161
Standards for What? Accountability for Whom? Rethinking Standards-Based Reform in Public Educationp. 171
Racial Isolation, Poverty, and the Limits of Local Control as a Means for Holding Public Schools Accountablep. 189
Transforming Urban Schools Through Investments in Social Capitalp. 217
Notes and Referencesp. 251
Epilogue: Joaquin's Dilemma Revisitedp. 307
Indexp. 311
Discussion Questionsp. 323
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