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Description - Learning While Black by Janice E. Hale

In this study, Janice Hale critiques existing initiatives for improving the education of African American children. She maintains that the current focus of school reform movements - teacher training and testing, child testing, child retention, and "one-size-fits-all" models of parent involvement - amount to the "same old thing". The solution to creating educational excellence for African American children, she argues, is found in the classroom, in the activity between the teacher and the child. The key to teaching children effectively lies in the instructional leadership provided by the principals. And meeting the needs of diverse learners in urban and rural classrooms means the school becoming the co-ordinator of support services such as tutoring and mentoring provided by concerned citizens, service clubs, churches and fraternal organizations. In this text, educators are called on to give up their belief that the educational limitations of African American children are the reasons for the achievement gap. Principals and teachers are called upon to work with community members to monitor the educational performance and extracurricular activities for each child at the classroom level, making sure that all children are performing at or above grade level and are involved in meaningful cultural enrichment programmes. Finally, Hale calls on all of us to create the "beloved community" envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and outlines strategies for redefining the school as the Family, and the broader community as the Village in which each child is too precious to be left behind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801867767
ISBN-10: 0801867762
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Janice E. Hale

Janice E. Hale is professor of early childhood education at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is the founder of Visions for Children, a demonstration school designed to facilitate the intellectual development of African American preschool children. Her two previous books, Black Children: Their Roots, Culture, and Learning Styles and Unbank the Fire: Visions for the Education of African American Children, are also available from Johns Hopkins.

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