Education

4 TROUBLING TRUTHS ABOUT BLACK BOYS AND THE U.S. EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

June 30, 2015
4 TROUBLING TRUTHS ABOUT BLACK BOYS AND THE U.S. EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

By Dr. Matthew Lynch June 28, 2015 Most people like to think that American K-12 schools, workplaces and courthouses are pillars of fairness, but statistic after statistic all point to a crisis among the young, Black men of the nation. This crisis begins in homes, stretches to K-12 educational experiences, and leads straight to...
Read More »

A Proposal:  A Black American  Public School System

June 8, 2015
A Proposal:  A Black American  Public School System

          By Michael Holzman June 5, 2015 Michael Holzman The American education system has failed the descendants of enslaved Africans.  Only 16% read at grade level in middle school (and only 12% of male African-Americans do so). Just over half of male Black students graduate from high school in four...
Read More »

D.C. schools to invest $20 million in efforts to help black and Latino male students

January 29, 2015
D.C. schools to invest $20 million in efforts to help black and Latino male students

By Michael Alison Chandler January 21, 2015 D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan Wednesday to invest $20 million in new support programs for black and Latino male students in the District, including opening an all-boys college preparatory high school east of the Anacostia River.Henderson said her decision to invest heavily in the specific needs...
Read More »

‘I never had a teacher that looked like me': Challenges exist in hiring a diverse staff

December 23, 2014
‘I never had a teacher that looked like me': Challenges exist in hiring a diverse staff

Photo provided by The Black Star Project By Molly Beck December 14, 2014 Bri Blue illustrates why it’s such a challenge for school districts like Madison’s to hire a racially diverse staff. She was one of just four black students in the elementary education program in the UW-Madison School of Education, the most prestigious...
Read More »

Black, Latino males lag in Boston schools

November 14, 2014
Black, Latino males lag in Boston schools

By James Vaznis Globe Staff   November 13, 2014 Black and Latino males are facing an educational crisis in Boston, lagging substantially behind their peers on the MCAS, high school graduation rates, and other barometers that lower their prospects for college or workforce success, according to a city-commissioned report being released Thursday. Collectively, the...
Read More »

Asking the big Why? at the University of North Carolina

November 3, 2014
Asking the big Why? at the University of North Carolina

Mary Carey  By Mary Carey October 31, 2014 The Wainstein report covers the who, what, when, where and how questions. It even covers the little why question. Why did UNC have paper classes? The answer: to maintain athletes’ eligibility. The big Why isn’t mentioned, though. The big Why is why couldn’t these athletes maintain...
Read More »

ACT Scores Paint Troubling Picture For Students Of Color

October 28, 2014
ACT Scores Paint Troubling Picture For Students Of Color

  By Joy Resmovits August 20, 2014 As American students return to classes in a public education system projected to be majority minority for the first time this fall, new test scores provide alarming evidence that students of color remain far behind their white counterparts. While only 39 percent of all students who took the ACT...
Read More »

Teachers Expect Less From Black And Latino Students

October 27, 2014
Teachers Expect Less From Black And Latino Students

Cavan Images via Getty Images By Rebecca Klein October 7, 2014 Students from low-income families and students of color may perform poorly in school because their teachers simply do not believe in them. A study published Tuesday by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, or CAP, looks at whether teacher expectations produce a Pygmalian effect...
Read More »

Philadelphia Failure Mills

September 18, 2014
Philadelphia Failure Mills

In Philadelphia, as in Milwaukee and Rochester, young people, especially young African American men, are caught between a school system that will not educate them and a criminalizing legal system that will not leave them alone. Michael Holzman September 15, 2014 Eighty percent of Philadelphia’s Black families have incomes below the average for White...
Read More »

In America, Only 12% of Eighth Grade Black Boys Read Proficiently

September 16, 2014
In America, Only 12% of Eighth Grade Black Boys Read Proficiently

How did we, Black people, allow this to occur on our watch?  And what will we do about it?  If Black boys cannot read, they won’t do well in School. If Black boys don’t do well in school, they will turn to the streets. If Black boys turn to the streets, they will become...
Read More »



The Black Star Project

If you would like to contact
The Black Star Project, you can
reach us at:
3509 S. King Drive, Suite 2B
Chicago, IL 60653

p: 773.285.9600
f: 773.285.9602
e: blackstar1000@ameritech.net

Stay Connected

Tag Cloud