Education: Fighting The Failure Syndrome

A radical proposal for black boys: separate classes

The signs of crisis are everywhere. Nearly 1 in 4 black men, ages 20 to 29, is in jail, on probation or on parole. Black men are less likely to attend college than black females or whites of either gender, and when they do go, they often drop out. Homicide, including fatalities resulting from clashes with police, is the leading cause of death among black males, ages 15 through 34. Says Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan: "When you look at a long list of social pathologies, you find black men No. 1."

To reverse this downward spiral, a...

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