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Too Important to Fail: Saving America's Boys (Tavis Smiley Reports) [Kindle Edition]

Tavis Smiley Reports
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Too Important to Fail: Saving America’s Boys is the companion volume to TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS PBS special which is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of its American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative. It examines an undeclared crisis in America—the staggering dropout rate among young black males. In countless urban schools the graduation rate has plummeted to less than 20% and nationwide fewer than 50% of young black males will graduate from high school. Low graduation rates combined with disproportionate rates of suspensions, expulsion and young black males assigned to special education classes, fuel this state of emergency. Tavis Smiley’s candid conversations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Oakland with frontline experts and educators, detention center administrators and the boys themselves urges viewers to ponder the societal and economic cost of losing another generation of uneducated young black males to lifetimes of prison and poverty. This volume picks up where the special leaves off with expanded discussion, dot-connecting data and real life examples of the information and resources needed to harness our frustration and concern into collective and effective action. The e-book contains an extensive resource guide that lists 125 organizations who have a stake in solving this monumental challenge.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Important to Fail October 24, 2011
Too Important to Fail: Saving America's Boys by Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley's latest book Too Important to Fail: Saving America's Boys is a fabulous title addressing some critical issues facing America and its public schools systems.
After reading Too Important to Fail: Saving America's Boys, I felt it important to focus on a few necessary and often overlooked elements that impact why the African-American males in public schools are underperforming and therefore are not graduating from high school, going to technical schools, or universities.

Mr. Smiley pointed out that the high school graduation rate is less than 50% for African-American males why? He focused on extremely high suspension/ expulsion rate for African-American males as a factor in the extremely low graduation rate. To counteract this phenomenon should parents play a more active and vital role in the education of their children? Encouraging their children to set short and long range goals. During the early stages of their children's development teach their children about the significance of the decision making process and their choices be it positive and negative. Perhaps then children enter schools with critical thinking skills to make decisions and understand that there are consequences to each action. Have we forgotten that the parents are the first and most important teacher in the life of a child? Children model the behaviors and attitudes they see at home (i.e.) conflict resolution.

Can we face a few unspoken truths here? If one examines the children from various disadvantaged backgrounds, such as ESOL: students from Hispanic or Arabic backgrounds with a documented language barrier surpassing their African-American peers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Stereotype Our Young Black Males August 3, 2013
By Grapes
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Tavis Smiley has written a very rich nonfiction book. It's fully documented with fine organizations and universities like Howard University which have decided that our young men are "Too Important To Fail." Every page left me wanting to pull back time and reach for my Black sons or other young Black men to make sure they know the importance of their presence on this earth. Without the young black male growing and thriving like a strong tree our society will hasten to failure. All of us must come together and aid the young males who come often come from troubled backgrounds. Their roots, their origins, are not their fault. They were put wherever that place might be whether New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. or a small rural town which no one has heard of in Georgia, Alabama or Mississippi or Indiana to grow to become a person who will make our society better. The Black males not just the White males are meant to become school teachers, scientists, doctors, musicians, artists, mathematicians and computer wizards. They are definitely capable, but first all feet have to be removed from their heads stamping them before they can sway with the wind and dance to their tune of success..

These young men want to learn, but society sees a stereotype. Society does not see young Black men hungering for a career like any other boy. These boys should not be judged before they are taught. Parents must see themselves as partners with the schools. Schoolteachers must love and want to nurture these Black males. They are not the thief, murderer or hoodlum they saw on a television show or on the elevator. They must see the child as one of the innocent ones who is poverty stricken because there isn't a job or enough food for breakfast and dinner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good insight on how to provide for our young black males September 28, 2012
By Waunda
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This book holds so much insight on the difficulties of raising a black male to how the education system needs a overhaul to handle black males raised by primeraley women to resources on how we as women can handicap or help our sons by not babying them.

What a great read!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is awe inspiring. The title alone gives value ... January 1, 2015
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It is awe inspiring. The title alone gives value and concern to the African-American male. It is a motivating read that encourages everyone to get involved. A life should not be valued due to his or her color but should be valued because life is a precious gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars November 26, 2014
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Great products!
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