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(Chicago, IL, March 1 2012) – African American students are driving positive academic change in some public schools nationwide, says Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, national education consultant and author of the newly released There Is Nothing Wrong With Black Students. In fact, Black students in more than 3,000 schools are performing well above the national average.

 

There are eight million African American students nationwide: 7.5 million attend public schools, 400,000 attend private schools, and 100,000 are homeschooled. Of the 7.5 million public school students, 90 percent (6.75 million) attend regular schools, and ten percent attend accelerated magnet schools. Kunjufu spotlights the great strides being made in some regular public schools because he says, “This marginalized population has been the most neglected. I want all children to succeed, but I focus on the 6.75 million African American children in regular public schools because they lack both choice and a voice.”

 

Kunjufu, who logs several days a week working with schools in some of the most underserved communities nationwide, says educators at the forefront of change are modeling innovative approaches, including:

  • Culturally relevant curriculum design and Africentric charter schools
  • Single gender classrooms and schools
  • Improved teacher quality
  • Pedagogy adapted to the learning styles of students
  • Strong academic leadership from principals
  • Block scheduling and attention to time on task.

 

Illustrating the goal of academic parity, Kunjufu says there is virtually no racial gap between Black and White homeschooled students. In grades K–12, both groups scored, on average, in the 87th percentile in reading. In math, Whites scored in the 82nd percentile while Blacks scored in the 77th percentile.

 

Two of the great turnaround stories in African American male education have occurred in single gender schools. Kunjufu says Eagles Academy (New York) and Urban Prep (Chicago) are outstanding schools that bring out the full potential of this population. Eagles students consistently outperform their peers in state-wide exams. Urban Prep has the distinction of all of their graduates being accepted into four-year colleges.

 

African American charter schools, notable for their use of Africentric curricula, have produced a 1.5 percent or greater annual increase in academic achievement. An 80 percent or higher graduation rate is the norm at these schools.

 

“When they have the same access to a quality education as their peers in private schools, home schools, and wealthy public schools, Black students are well able to overcome any challenge,” says Kunjufu.

 

There Is Nothing Wrong offers educational models of excellence, resources, best practices, and hope for educators who are dedicated to improving academic outcomes for Black students.

 

For additional information, contact 1-800-552-1991, Fax# (708) 672-0466. P.O. Box 1799, Chicago Heights, IL 60412. Website: http://www.africanamericanimages.com, Email: customersvc@africanamericanimages.com.

James

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  2. Greetings Elder Kunjufu,

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  3. I heard a statistic regarding reading levels between boys and girls and why girls usually do better. Can you please provide me with those stats because I think I got it wrong (girls are read to 20,000 hours – boys 20?)???

    Thank you.

  4. 29 August 2012

    Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is right on! There is everything wrong with American public education inasmuch as first-graders can enter second grade without a knowledge of 300 or so sight words , a situation that educators know will set a path of illiteracy for those children.

    The achievement gap starts from the very beginning. Stop the gap. See a free a preview of A IS FOR AFRO: READING IS POWER at http://www.blurb.com/com/bookstore/detail/3290171.

    Best

    B

  5. 29 August 2012

    Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is right on! There is everything wrong with American public education inasmuch as first-graders can enter second grade without a knowledge of 300 or so sight words , a situation that educators know will set a path of illiteracy for those children.

    The achievement gap starts from the very beginning. Stop the gap. See a free a preview of A IS FOR AFRO: READING IS POWER at http://www.blurb.com/com/bookstore/detail/3290171.

    Read, recite, write,

    Corey Olds
    Author & Excelsus Foundation Co-Founder

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  8. I am a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) graduate student at Holy Family University in Newtown Pennsylvania. Dr. Kenneth Hardy, indicated that you may be able to help me from your work in addressing issues pertinent to the “achievement gap.” I have completed all of my course work as well as my Practicum and Internship requirements and am scheduled to take the Comprehensive exam this May to receive my degree. The Comprehensive exam, consist of four questions, three provided by Holy Family and the fourth, which consist of a research topic of their interest that the student selects. My selection is the Black achievement gap between African American males and their White counterparts. During my research, I found a plethora of data as to what is believed to be the causes of the gap. However, I could not find any scholarly articles on interventions or strategies that can be or being used by MFT’s. Dr. Kenneth Hardy, indicated that you may be able to help me from your work in addressing issues pertinent to the “achievement gap.”

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