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By Peter C. Murrell Jr.

ISBN-10: 0585462895

ISBN-13: 9780585462899

ISBN-10: 0791452913

ISBN-13: 9780791452912

Integrates the old, cultural, political, and developmental concerns of the African American event right into a idea for the schooling success of African American young ones.

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13–37): Education is a broader process than schooling—and it is education that African American children really need. Education is understood as a total process of promoting the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of young people, and the stewarding them into capable, caring, and character-rich adulthood. INTRODUCTION xxxix • To be able to create the appropriate context and cultural community, the figured world of learning and achievement, the teacher must access and understand the deep structure of African American culture, history, language, and life.

E. B. DuBois, Carter Woodson, Mary McCleod Bethune, and Fredrick Douglass all affirmed the INTRODUCTION xxxv idea that connected pedagogy for African American children must be (as it has been for centuries) a fundamentally subversive activity with respect to the cultural values of education mainstream America. This subversion is not merely contestation; it is the creation of a figured world based on the intellectual and cultural heritage of African Americans. Accomplished teachers of African American children understand education viewed as a broader process than schooling—as a total process of promoting the intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social development of young people, and the stewarding them into capable, caring, and character-rich adults.

Nationwide, African American students are disproportionately expelled, suspended, and referred to special education programs in urban public schools. African American students lag behind EuroAmerican students in high school completion and employment. The statistics belie the fact that huge numbers of African American students are not even in this test-taking picture. Significant numbers of African American students, and other students of color, drop out of school—as much as one-half to twothirds in some city districts.

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