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The Schott Foundation for Public
The Schott Foundation for Public Education released the results from “The Urgency of Now,” a study showing that only 52% of black male ninth-graders graduate from high school 4 years later, compared to 58% of Latino male ninth-graders and 78% of white, non-Latino male ninth-graders. While the rate may appear to be pretty low, it is a significant improvement from the last eleven years; however, black males are still falling behind their white counterparts.
According to the findings, the graduation rate for black males has improved by 10% since 2001-2002, closing the gap between them and white, non-Latino males by 3%. “Even though some progress has been made, it’s inadequate,” Michael Holzman, senior research consultant to the Schott Foundation said. “Education is linked to both income potential and incarceration potential. This is a serious crisis.”
President and CEO of the Schott Foundation, John H. Jackson, predicts that it would “take close to 50 years for black males to have the same opportunities.
“I don’t think students and parents are willing to wait half a century for that,” he added.
The popular film, “Hoodwinked”
debunks the perception that a 52% graduation rate means that there is a 48% dropout rate. The scholars in the film, as well as filmmaker Janks Morton, consider the possibility that the dropout rate is exaggerated because people conclude that all of the men who don’t graduate with their cohort at a particular high school didn’t graduate at all. In fact, many of these men go to different schools and graduate with a different class. But there is no word on whether or not this makes up for the entire gap.
Do you believe the significant number of black males being raised in a single-parent home is affecting their academic performance?