New research is debunking the idea that young black men are falling behind in higher education.
Don’t believe the hype!
The Schott Foundation states that half of the black males in high schools will graduate with their class, and only 20 percent will have a high school diploma or even a GED by the time they turn 25. The Annual Community Survey finds that only about 45 percent of the ones that do make it out of high school will even try to get into college.
Dr. Ivory A. Toldson, on the other hand, presented encouraging new findings from a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, during the 2014 Education Summit at Morehouse College.
According to the study, 87 percent of black students that were ninth graders in 2009 were in their junior year of high school by 2012. More than that, black students are more apt to move forward in their education than lag behind or drop out. Out of the black students that do leave school, 33 percent of them do so because they were suspended or kicked out.
This is incredible considering information from the Civil Rights Data Collection that shows schools are not challenging black students as much as kids of other races. Not only that but black students are more likely to get the lowest paid teachers with less experience, and schools also level harsher punishments against young black men.
Essentially, even with the odds against them, most black male students are excelling in high school and graduating! That drive to succeed extends beyond high school as these same students work to get into college at a higher rate than their white and Latino contemporaries.
However, while 64 of black males in high school expect to get a college degree, not as many of them are taking preparatory courses in comparison to their white, Asian, and Latino peers. Of course that could always change with the right kind of motivation and encouragement from the people in their lives. It does take a village, people!
We always knew our boys were capable, intelligent young men. Now the rest of the world knows it, too!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"