Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Constructing Spaces for Diverse Black Masculinities in All-Male Public Urban Schools

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_430



In American public schools, academic mislabeling and stereotyping of young Black boys has led to them being routinely perceived as threats (Kunjufu 2005a; Ladson-Billings 2011; Noguera 2008; Steele and Aronson 1995). The results include parents and concerned advocates in favor of the education of Black male students calling for the development of alternative educational options such as home schooling, charter schools, or all-male public schools. As regards single-gender public schools, Williams ( 2010) noted:

[T]he modern movement for single-sex education has its origins in the late 1980s when sex-education first garnered national attention to the widespread reported epidemic of violence… [and] academic underachievement reported to be afflicting a generation of boys and young men. (p. 556)

Giving attention to the educational needs of boys, particularly Black males, has led to initiatives for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Research Alliance for New York City SchoolsNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Murray State UniversityMurrayUSA