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Unpublished Paper
The Effects of Ethnic and Gender Specific Curricula When Used as a Targeted Reform Strategy to Improve Academic Achievement and Promote Post-Secondary Matriculation of African American Male Adolescents
(2011)
  • Ona R Powell
Abstract
With the passing of Brown vs. the Board of Education and the subsequent Civil Rights Movements of the 1960’s, it was perceived that African Americans would be afforded the inalienable right of an adequate and equal education. Although many African Americans took advantage of this right, and excelled both educationally and economically, others fell prey to erosion of the African American community and persistent stereotypical mental model of American society. Since garnering those monumental achievements, the academic achievement levels of African American boys have been in a steady decline, as those of African American girls have soared. To a certain degree the rationale behind this phenomenon remains an uncomfortable mystery, however, to those heavily invested in the future of the African American community it represents the slow erosion of an entire ethnic group. In recent years this perpetual downward spiral has prompted some school districts, and communities to take action in stopping this cycle by creating ethnic and gender specific curricula that segregate African American boys and integrate African American culture with traditional education.
Keywords
  • Urban Education,
  • Race based education,
  • African American male adolescents
Publication Date
Spring May, 2011
Citation Information
Ona R Powell. "The Effects of Ethnic and Gender Specific Curricula When Used as a Targeted Reform Strategy to Improve Academic Achievement and Promote Post-Secondary Matriculation of African American Male Adolescents" (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/orpowell/1/