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Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity (Law, Meaning, and Violence) Reprint Edition
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The descriptions of the forms of discipline within schools and the ways in which teachers are expected to regulate discipline were very familiar to me. In fact this book addressed the very reasons that it was hard for me to be a teacher within our current education system. The job description of ?normalizer? did not fit my personality. The pressure that I felt from the principal of my school was very much in line with the following quote from page 43.
One of the systemic pressures making for more oppressive, punitive relations for African American children is the fear that white middle-class families will increasingly pull their children out of the public school and send them to private schools. Pressure is felt by the student specialist and ?Jail Keeper? to contain, suppress, and conceal damaging behavior that could contribute to the school?s reputation as a hostile environment.
This pressure in my school was not limited to the people who had the specific job description of disciplinarian (which there were three of, not including the principal), it was put onto every teacher within the school.Read more ›
Others will weep or nearly weep as did I, because Dr. Ferguson affirms that what was hoped to be a local, misread problem is exactly what it appears to be. If you look at the inner-city and wonder what are the roots of the chaos, mayhem and poverty, you will find a major root in this book - the administration of public education in Black and Latino communities.
Education is the one humanly administered faculty that can level the playing field for all people. It is an indispensable foundation for true democracy, creating intellectual capital in the form of invention, creativity, industry and prosperity. Unfortunately, public education as an institution has been used to deform and debase the intellect and potential of some, a device to manipulate self-esteem, achievement and to create a class of underlings and slaves.
I can say no more than you must read this one and Dr.Raymond Winbush's "The Warrior Method: A Parents' Guide to Rearing Healthy Black Boys" .
The book begins with an introduction of the community that Rosa Parks Elementary School belongs to. Ferguson is conducting her research here for her doctorate. She has many forms of observing and gathering data needed for her thesis. Sometimes she is a "fly on the wall", a quiet observer. Other times Ferguson is more involved in participant groups, tutoring, and one-on-one interviews. She gathers the most information and insights through her interviews with the children that attend the school and their families. She credits the interview sessions as a valuable way to let the children ask her questions, gain her trust, and for her to develop a deeper understanding of her own strengths and weaknesses and those of her interviewees.
After observing the pupils of the school in the hallways, after school tutoring sessions, and inside the classroom, Ferguson makes an important discovery that becomes the foundation of her research. Her breakthrough came when she stumbled upon two small rooms in the school. These rooms provided discipline, punishment, and seclusion for students who were not following the classroom or school rules. The first room, used for minor infractions, was known throughout the population of the students as "The Punishing Room".Read more ›
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Phenomenal ethnography. Brilliant discussions. A must read for all elementary and middle school teachers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah Thomas
Great read that offers a nice insight as to what may be causing the 'adultification' of black youth. Eye opener.Published 22 months ago by College Student
This book was near total trash, certainly not worth the time. The author simply blames all the problems of black male youth education on a racist society. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by John Warner
The book was sold as "fair condition" but the book has writing on EVERY page. If that was how the seller described then I would have bought else where. Disappointed.Published on August 8, 2013 by motoxsarah
she contradicts herself often and come of as blaming all teachers of being racist, and that accounts for all the discrepancy in education.Published on June 6, 2012 by Katie
Incredible, painful, informative and affirming - are the gamut of emotions this book will wring from you. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Paula T. Sizemore