Drumbeats from Phillip Jackson (The Black Star Project) brought us the essay below. Villagers, as you read it ... ask yourself what you can do in your space ... in your home ... in your neighborhood ... to ensure that we turn this situation around in 2008.
I'm going to comment on the essay...if I could find it at The Black Star Project's web site I'd have linked that so as to avoid the perception of jacking Villager, who is good people.
"There is no longer a need for dire predictions, hand-wringing, or apprehension about losing a generation of Black boys. It is too late. In education, employment, economics, incarceration, health, housing, and parenting, we have lost a generation of young Black men....Most young Black men in the United States don't graduate from high school. Only 35% of Black male students graduated from high school in Chicago and only 26% in New York City, according to a 2006 report by the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
Bullshit. This is what the Schott report actually says.
According to estimates based on the most recent data from the National Center of Education statistics, in 2003/2004 55% of African-American males did not receive diplomas with their cohort. Nevada and Florida graduated less than a third of their Black male students on schedule. Eight others—Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, South Carolina and Wisconsin—graduated fewer with their peer group than the national average.
"With their peer group" means within four years.
More at the link provided.