Challenging mis-education through effective communication: a study of the communication and miscommunication between White teachers and Black male students

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cynthia A. Smith (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Hephzibah Roskelly

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore the ways in which communication patterns between teachers invested in whiteness and black male students can lead to the success or alienation of black male students in the public school environment. As statistics prove, black male students are the most at-risk for dropping out of school and/or facing disciplinary actions. Several factors lead to this at-risk status: the criminalization of black males within our society, the denigration of Black English in the classroom, and the stress of standardized method of traditional education models that value a one-style-fits-all education that objectifies students. As we move into the Twenty-First Century, however, culture is changing and while education is a strong mechanism constructed for the white capitalist patriarchal paradigm, the paradigm itself is changing and so must education. This study explores the history of race and education, the roles teachers and students have played, and the ways in which critical and pragmatic education can lead us into an educational system built on community and relationships rather than paradigms and develops the student as a holistic critical agent.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Black male students, Experiential teaching, Racial legibility
African American boys $x Education
African American young men $x Education
African American boys $x Social conditions
African American young men $x Social conditions
Educational equalization $z United States
Discrimination in education $z United States

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