Problem, Meet Solution

Here at Blackademics, we have a tendency to dwell on the problems that afflict the black community, but we rarely talk about any of the strategies that people are using to counteract them. It is my distinct pleasure to do so now: today’s Washington Post features an article about an informal group of black families with sons attending the same middle school that meets regularly to make sure the boys keep the academics in focus. I strongly feel that innovative ideas like this will go a long way toward ensuring that the next generation of black males will be able to keep up with the rest of the world. The peer reinforcement aspect is absolutely crucial, because one of the main anecdotal reasons that blacks (particularly black males) don’t sign up for honors and AP classes is that they don’t want to be separated from their friends. Building strong networks of friends that share high academic standards helps them excel without feeling like social outcasts and offers a much-needed alternative to the media image of the badass, ignorant thug. So yeah, I’m all about this; here’s hoping Club 2012 sparks a nationwide movement.

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Published on February 20, 2007 at 3:56 pm. 9 Comments.
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