Ebony Special Report: Saving Our Sons

In Part Three of Ebony’s “Saving Our Sons” series, Nick Chiles speaks to educators and researchers about how parents can prime their boys for success in the classroom.
If you set out to purposely design a system to ensure the gradual destruction of Black boys, you couldn’t do much better than the American public school system.  For years, education experts have been studying the struggles that boys of all races are having with school structures seemingly designed to exploit their weaknesses and downplay their strengths. But on virtually every measures where statistics are compiled by schools, Black boys are at the top for the bad stuff (suspension, special education referrals, expulsions, dropout rates, arrests) and at the bottom for the good stuff (standardized test scores, gifted and talented referrals, college matriculation).