Skip to comments.Psychologist to educators: Failure of black males to graduate not your fault
Posted on 01/26/2011 1:33:23 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
A noted psychologist told a gathering of teachers, school officials and parents that the reason why black males are struggling to graduate high school has very little to do with the failures of teachers.
It has much more to do with the failures of modern society, he said.
"I'm unwilling to stand up here and pretend that you are somehow responsible for their failures," Na'im Akbar told teachers Tuesday at a symposium on graduation rates at Atlantic Community High School. The symposium was the second meeting of a task force started by the school district to generate ideas to improve graduation rates, particularly among black males.
The graduation rate for Palm Beach County black males is about 65 percent, far behind the nearly 82 percent districtwide rate, according to a letter from Superintendent Art Johnson in the symposium program.
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“Na’im Akbar”, Amish again... so sad when the Amish go bad...
ahh, the soft bigotry of low expectations...
I think there is blame to go around, but people need to take ownership for their own failures, mainly because they are the ones who are most impacted by them. Pointing fingers at someone else for your failure to graduate from high school doesn’t get you a high school degree. It might make you feel a little better, but you still are a high school dropout.
Hard to improve when all your peers in the ‘hood say that any attempt to educationally improve yourself is “Acting White”.
Naim Akbar whatever happened to normal names like Leroy or Willie?
“Acting White” by Ron Christie a powerful and sad book about the failure of the black community.
No, failure falls at the feet of their baby mommas and daddies.
It isn’t teachers that are the reason blacks do not graduate....it is the black culture that considers it “being white” to get an education.
When your culture is as advanced as farm animals...its no wonder the graduation rate is so low.
To be fair, there's plenty of blame to go around. It's Michelle Bachmann's fault too!
It is the brilliant leadership by example of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and their followers that are responsible for the factoid there are more 18-14 black males in jail than there are in college. Maybe prison trade schools might help the numbers....
How about the failure of everyone to hold them responsible for their own lives and the direction those lives take.
“It has much more to do with the failures of modern society”
...like schools too hard? Not enough money? Need new computers? Lunch isn’t nutritious enough? #2 pencils are too expensive?
He was probably born a Leroy or Willie,
but then changed his name when he “got religion”.
There you go!....Injecting common sense!.....Common sense is not P.C.!
Yes, and uphill a little bit further is the REASON there even ARE “baby mamas” and “baby daddies”.
The left’s welfare system.
Society is to blame= we need more taxpayer $$$$
How about failure of the individual to take advantage of the opportunity that they have been given.
They are only suited for use as abd, Mr Akbar?
No racism here, eh?
I believe failure of the family and parenting is core the of problem. Their dads? Wherever they are, never hooked up with the American social contract thus guaranteeing another generation of common and uncommon criminal garden slugs.
Those “men” need to spine up, take some responsibility, get in the system and offer their kids a chance. It all starts with getting the kids educated.
Its not the system. Its not the educators. Its the failures in family and related values.
Probably has nothing to do with the failures of the sstudents, themselves, their reluctance to “act white” and actually study , for example
I’d call it a systemic failure when kids are being passed from grade to grade neither knowing that two and two is four, nor that there is a correct way to form letters, nor (most grievously in my opinion) that you can’t read by guessing from the picture.
Didn’t you ever notice? Islam cannot be racist. It does not matter what anyone of Islamic faith says or does.
you know he’s a muslim how? did he tell you?
(Saaayyyyyy, isn’t your screen name racist, hmmmmm?)
To a large extent you're right. LBJ's Great Society destroyed the Black family. Black women "married" the federal government to get high welfare and AFDC benefits they couldn't get while married. Male heads of families became a liability, leaving young Black males fatherless and adrift.
I think an essential part of the problem is also cultural. Watch a few episodes of "The First 48" and "Hardcore Pawn" to see what I mean. The shows are very educational as well as being profoundly depressing.
“It has much more to do with the failures of modern society, he said.”
Yep, the villivication of success and the celebration of entitlements. I do agree, the modern society that celebrates the lowest common denominator has victimized an entire culture. Of course, that is exactly how the liberals want society to evolve, so we should just spend more on school administrators.
bears, bears, bears, bears, bears, bears, bears ... repeating
You are exactly right. However, this is no longer a black/white thing. I believe they started with the blacks and now is seeping into all other races as well.
The left needs to be put down. No, I don't mean euthanized, more like neutered.
The libtard behaviorist attack on Christianity starts with blaming society for any individual's problems. Next, it is the fault of Christianity for the failure of society. Next, society has to be changed by getting rid of Christianity. And government has to be made bigger and more powerful to do that.
Akbar said children are “miseducated” before they even get to the classroom because they now get their socialization and image of how they are supposed to act from television instead of their families and communities.
“[Black Entertainment Television] becomes the model of how you want to be,” Akbar said. “You want to be a clown. You want to be a pimp.”
ouch, BET...maybe O[WN]prah will save the day?
Does this mean Cosby is vindicated?
Maybe the NAACP can apologize to Cosby for doing the right thing and speaking the truth?
“The graduation rate for Palm Beach County black males is about 65 percent”
That’s quite high compared to the 25 percent graduation rate in Detroit.
Neutered - yes.
They not only need to be removed from power,
but we need to remove the positions of power.
What we’ve been doing is a losing proposition - trying to get “our folks”, or “good people” into positions of power, positions with TOO much power for any person to occupy,
out of self defense. Supposedly having “one of ours” in one of these positions keeps “one of them” out. Better to not have the position exist.
80 percent of success is just showing up. They can’t educate if the students aren’t there.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan saw this coming in the Nixon Administration back in the 60's.
Crack mothers and grandmothers is certainly a factor but that combined with the gangbangers / dope dealers as the only males with prestige in the neighborhood is a major problem. Sadly, only the neighborhood can reform itself. No amount of outside pressure will work if they don’t want to change.
The K12 curriculum in most places has gotten so ridiculously dumbed down that anyone who doesn’t graduate has no one to blame but himself.
And did the speaker make any connection between the "high number of black children born to young, single mothers" and the "poverty" mentioned earlier in the sentence?
“It has much more to do with the failures of modern society, he said. “
A failing black kid or ANY other kid,
is NOT MY FAULT!
I am NOT raising OTHER KIDS!
It is NOT my place or role to RAISE OTHER KIDS.
It is up the PARENT(s) of those kid, to RAISE THEM.
It is up to the PARENT(s) to make sure they are learning.
Is it any wonder, people view this as CHILD ABUSE?
It is the MOM taking charge of the education.
It is the BLACK and HISPANIC culture that does NOT value learning. This “value” trickles down to the kids. Kids KNOW there are LOW expecations in place for them because of THEIR RACE. They PLAY THE RACE card and LIEBRAL RACISTS LOVE IT.
Explain why the CHINESE RACE excells and black hispanics don’t. The CULTURE and PRIORITIES are different.
You may find these articles of interest.
Wall Street Journal - the original article that kicked up the storm:
Time Magazine (...lets add some liberal spin)
Never mind, that didn't work out so great.
Well, not even whites are acting white any more. Family structure has fallen apart. We see how Asian families manage to succeed in our schools while Hispanics, blacks and whites fail. The culture simply does not reward academic high achievers. So ironically California colleagues discriminate on racial grounds to keep Asians from monopolizing the places in the elite colleges.
I think their fathers are mostly to blame.
Sharply reducing welfare would have a huge effect.
We could exert effective outside pressure tomorrow simply by freezing all unemployment benefit (whatever you call it over there) until 2050.
Call it the “Keeping It Real” Initiative.
We forgot to make sure he wasn't a marxist.
“Naim Akbar whatever happened to normal names like Leroy or Willie?”
That’s another part of the problem.
They don’t assimulate and don’t want to be like “whites”. It’s part of their culture to REJECT white “values” such as education.
You can throw as much money as you want at blacks and it won’t make ANY difference UNLESS they WANT TO LEARN. Apparently they do NOT want to learn. It is not a priority. It also has NOTHING TO DO WITH ECONOMIC STATUS.
Candi Rice was POOR and black. She EARNED her education and made it a priority because it was a priority with her PARENSTS. Her PARENTS encouraged her to do BETTER and she did.
Bull hockey, it's the failure of the parents.
Exactly. It turned black males into a non-necessary part of the family. They mooched off of the woman on welfare. Mom with no full-time employed dad around equals young black males with no discipline and no goals and no positive role model. Black families were more solid in the 50s. Before the libs "saved" them with all their programs.