Many were shocked by the information contained in the Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males. The report revealed that while 78 percent of White males graduate from high school nationwide, only 47 percent of Black males graduate.
And even closer to home, the figures show that while 68 percent of White males in NY State graduate, only 25 percent Black males graduate. And in NY City – which has the largest Black male enrollment – while 50 percent White males graduate, only 28 percent Black males graduate. Overall, each year over 100,000 Black male students in New York City alone do not graduate from high school with their entering cohort.
Socio-economic factors such as poverty, lack of parental involvement, the break-down of the Black family unit, failing schools and bad teachers have all been fingered as the culprits which give rise to the inequity in public education among the races.
Harlem Children’s Zone CEO, Geoffrey Canada, offered two theories to explain the inequity, the ever increasing sub-standard public education system and the lack of support for Black male students and their families.
Dr. John H. Jackson, CEO of the Schott Foundation, however, urged people to consider external factors – such as economics and incarceration – which obviously play a huge role in why ‘brothas’ aren’t finishing school.
Let’s face it, if the factors mentioned above were responsible for the low rate of Black males who graduate, then those factors should equally impact the Black female – the sister of the Black male. But studies have shown time and time again that this is not the case. The graduation rate for girls is higher than that for boys.