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International Journal of Education and Practice

February 2015, Volume 3, 2, pp 90-103

How to reach and Teach African American Students in Today’s Schools

Ruben Gentry

Ruben Gentry 1

  1. Professor of Special Education, State Jackson University, Jackson 1

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Pages: 90-103

DOI: 10.18488/journal.61/2015.3.2/

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It is inconceivable that any child will succeed in life without an education.  But in the 21st century the question remains, just what kind of education are African Americans getting in today’s schools?  Research indicates that some African American students are succeeding while, unfortunately, many are failing along the way.  It is as though the educational system is more suited for the dominant culture than for African Americans.   This manuscript provides reflections of the American educational system and offers recommendations, via the concept REACH, for making it more appropriate for the needs of African Americans. 
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes to existing literature by delineating a unique strategy which enables African American students to experience greater success in school.  It builds on some of the best practices in education to form a REACH concept.  Evidence suggests that if schools are appropriately structured for students, they will learn.    




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