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August 18th, 2010
02:21 PM ET
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Rita

    I think that we point the finger at the schools too much. A big part of the problem is parenting. It always starts in the home. It isn’t the schools’ job to raise our children. Young black men need fathers who are around to tell them how important education is and to teach them how to become men. There are so many single, unwed mothers in this country. It is almost as thought the African American family doesn’t exist anymore. Mothers & grandmothers are doing the best they can, but these boys need their fathers too. I am a former middle school teacher and am now a college librarian. So many young, black men think that they don’t need an education because they believe they are going to become rap artists or basketball stars and make millions. I see this with some of my own relatives. Until African Americans start paying attention to what is going on in the home, nothing is going to change.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  2. Charles A. Smith

    The fact of the matter is that people have been brain washed over the years to think black is bad, from the dictionary definition of the word on down. People then make decisions based on this pre-conceived notion that has proliferated over hundreds of years from ignorance and fear. They don't even realize they are making a difference when it comes to black and other because it has become a natural way of thinking, a part of culture so to speak. The only way to make the change is to bring the truth to light as Steve Perry is doing here. Ignorance is not bliss.

    The school system, the community, parents and children each have their individual responsibilities in a child's education. We should be able to discuss the performance of each individual party without differing responsibility to another party, or giving sole blame to one party. If the schools, the community and parents all do their part then the child has everything they need to have the opportunity to be successful. However, when one or more of the contributing parties are failing we must be able to find the root of the issue individually and address them individually to solve the problem. If each party takes a self examination instead of passing the blame then we will see more changes happening sooner. Otherwise we will continue to have a whole lot of talk with little change...

    August 23, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  3. Chris TMC

    The best way to deal with this is to once and for all get rid of the ridiculous idea that these kids problems should be dealt with all lumped together because they are black. Its so stupid.

    August 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  4. D.A.D.

    Why is the headline and argument that schools are failing young black men? The question should be "Why are young black men not dedicating themselves to school and finding ways to be successful while being strongly supported by their parents and families?" The argument that the schools are failing perpetuates the perception and cultural practice in the black community that everything should be provided to them, and they are not responsible for generating any of the opportunities that could launch them to success through hard work and perseverance.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  5. Tiffany

    Oh my.....I know I will get booed on this. There are so many black males who do not think education is necessary. I know young black males who are from a two parent household, living a middle class lifestyle and attend a descent school but still do not see the value of an education. I would say that it is the black community but I can't because black women are graduating college in record numbers. I just don't know.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  6. Heather

    Why? I'll tell you why. Because young African-American men's families, communities, and culture are failing them. Kids come to school ready to learn ... or not. It's not in the teachers' power to force a child to learn. The child has to value learning, has to sit still and listen, has to be able to take today's lessons home and discuss them with parents. Instead these kids get physical beatings (and think it's funny), speak incorrect english (and think it's cool), and get harassed by their AA peers for being too "white" if they actually enjoy school and want to learn. I'm tired of seeing the schools blamed for what is basically a failing of the home culture..

    August 19, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  7. vic nashville tn

    Teachers have to stop segregate bad kid good kid smart kid. Treat all are same think all are good kids think all are smart kids then study the kids understand their problems talk to their parents, work with parents

    My experience I always work with parents, some time I have to educate the parents, some kids can’t get help from parents. Help those
    Kids are innocent don’t ignore them

    Future generation in the hands of teachers and parents

    August 19, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  8. Bubba

    What ! Well what about the black female? What percent of them graduate? Perry stated that there was a different reaction to black males than to males of other race, meaning white i'm sure, but thats not the problem. The problem is the individual and their attitude and actions which comes "before" the reaction! Focus on the real problems which begin at home for these individuals. Its not the schools that are failing the black male, its the early childhood parenting, or maybe the lack of. There's no home training. I see it all over every day as these young teens stand on the street corners ganged up smoking, skipping school and even the younger kids playing in the streets with no parental supervision. There not even being taught to look both ways before crossing the road, and now that they're in school we want to blame they education system for what must begin at home, thats stupid!! Start holding parents responsible for their childrens actions, I bet things will change fast.

    August 19, 2010 at 9:05 am |