A report by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center paints a bleak picture of the state of young Black males in America.
According to the report, nearly half of the U.S. men of color now between the ages of 15 and 24, who graduate from high school, will end up jobless, in jail or prematurely dead.
“There is an educational crisis for young men of color in the United States,” the report stated.
“It has become an epidemic, and one that we must solve by resolving the educational crisis facing young men of color,” it continued.
The report detailed challenges facing young men of color in classroom achievement. The barriers to success for African-American males include under-representation in programs for gifted students, a high absenteeism and dropout rate, poor teacher-student relationships and lack of parental support.
The report also noted the changing racial landscape of America and that minorities will soon be the majority in the country. It says for America to maintain its position as a global leader, ways to more effectively educate its young men of color must be developed. .
“The goal of ensuring the future global competitiveness of the United States cannot be met without the participation of all its citizens,” the report stated. “Reaching our college attainment goal will require significant participation and contributions by all racial/ethnic groups.”
In that vein, to meet the goal of an additional 13.4 million college degrees by 2020, the United States must produce 3.3 million degrees more from Latinos, 1.9 million more from African Americans and 800,000 more from Asian Americans.
The report called for more mentoring opportunities, school reform, and professional development for teachers, together with culturally appropriate retention programs, and more research on ways to improve teaching methods.