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The Trouble With Black Boys: ...And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education 1st Edition

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Influenced by culture and aware of the lack of prospects for them, black boys in particular, but minority students of all kinds, make the kinds of poor choices that fulfill the low expectations of their teachers and the broader society. Education professor Noguera examines the cultural, societal—and personal—factors that create the stubborn link between race and poverty. In this compelling series of essays, Noguera cites research and his own personal experience—as a minority, a father, and an educator—to explore the myriad ways that young black and Hispanic males are expected to run afoul of middle-class American norms and often do. He argues that public schools, despite their abysmal record, are the only institutions with the access and resources to turn around troubling social trends. He points to research comparing the disciplinary tactics of public schools and prisons, institutions that have far too much in common with so many male minority students dropping out of schools and landing in prison. A thoughtful look at issues of race and educational equity. --Vanessa Bush

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Influenced by culture and aware of the lack of prospects for them,black boys in particular, but minority students of all kinds, make the kinds of poor choices that fulfill the low expectations of their teachers and the broader society. Education professor Noguera examinesthe cultural, societal--and personal--factors that create the stubborn link between race and poverty. In this compelling series of essays, Noguera cites research and his own personal experience--as a minority, a father, and an educator--to explore the myriad ways that young black and Hispanic males are expected to run afoul of middle-class American norms and often do. He argues that public schools, despite their abysmal record, are the only institutions with the access and resources to turn around troubling social trends. He points to research comparing the disciplinary tactics of public schools and prisons, institutions that have far too much in common with so many male minority students dropping out of schools and landing in prison. A thoughtful look at issues of race and educational equity.—Vanessa Bush (Booklist Review, May 8, 2008)

“Explores strategies that can change the culture and structure of schools to support the aspirations and identities of minority students.”—N.N. Arnez, emeritus, Howard University Recommended

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078798874X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787988746
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Martinez on December 8, 2008
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As a teacher at a continuation high school, I connected intensely with the realities and considerations Noguera presents in this book. He articulates the reality of Black and Latino youth in Berkeley schools, which resembles that of such youth in many other urban districts in America, without over-assuming or sensationalizing the issues. Confronted with conflicting images and perspectives on what they should become in life, these youth are caught in a conundrum. He addresses culture, social structures and educational agendas as he calls for schools to assume responsibility for ALL students' academic outcomes rather than expecting failure as an inevitable end for many.

Noguera demonstrates that the implications of this so-called "trouble" are far-reaching, including when he honestly shares the story of his son Joaquin. I especially appreciate his unique take on the issues as an accomplished academic, a former school board member and a parent. Overall, Noguera's passion is undeniable as he gives a voice to the voiceless in urban America.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BT Invictus on June 15, 2013
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This is the most insightful and engaging text I've read on closing the achievement gap. The author strikes a great balance between presenting the reader with research and sharing compelling anecdotes from his personal and professional life. Both made an indelible impact on me. Unlike some authors who write on this subject, his tone is inviting - and not at all alienating. My only criticism has to do with the organization of the book. It reads like a collection of essays, which isn't such a big deal except that sometimes things seemed out of order somehow.

Overall, I strongly recommend this book to educators who teach diverse populations. Not only is it helpful, it's actually an enjoyable education book! No offense to my profession, but sometimes education books are as boring as the day is long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coach on June 2, 2012
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This book takes you from the macro to the micro in looking at why African-American boys are not more succesful in our public schools today. As a 5th grade teacher in a Title I school, I was looking for more insight as to the breadth and depth of the problem as to why our 5th grade African-American boys were not making greater gains. Many of them are well-spoken, possess a native intelligence, and have a skill for connecting socially. Dr. Noguera raises so many vital issues to help me understand. I will return to the book to diagram a lot of the ideas for further study. My one complaint and it is minor is Dr. Noguera does not do more research on other projects which are trying to address the same problem. The book is focused almost 100% on his own work. I found this a little limiting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rashad Anderson on February 19, 2013
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As a doctoral student in education I found this book to be extremely rewarding with Dr. Nogurea's personal stories and research. This books hits "the nail on the head" with detailing the explicit issues with African American & Latino males in public schools in America. This book is sure to raise awareness and promote action on behalf of these children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By msleeks on June 28, 2014
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As an educator and life long learner, this book speaks not only to the challenges in public education, but it also talks about what can be done to bring about change for the thousands of students affected by the choices we make everyday. Great book and a must read for educators especially those who work in urban school districts.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Curtis F. Lawrence Jr. on April 9, 2010
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Dr. Pedro Noguera is excellent. I have met him personally and have heard him speak several times. It is often difficult to take notes on the things he is saying on the impact of racism on Boys of color. This book captures all of that, so I now have all of the information at my fingertips. As a former Assistant Principal of an all-boys public high school in the Bronx, NY, I can appreciate this book.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Escobar on October 30, 2008
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This is a great book- in fact our Assistant Superintendent is using it this year for a book study with our Secondary (Middle & High School) Principals.
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if you've read at least two books on race, equality, and the education system than you've essentially read this book. It's a good read and if you're interested in the subject than it may be worth purchasing; however, it felt a bit redundant.
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